Could Jose Mourinho and Chelsea make a raid on Bayern Munich this summer?
Here are five players they could try to sign...
Mario Gomez could soon be on his way to Stamford Bridge after his agent confirmed a Bayern Munich exit is imminent. Napoli are said to be in pole position but have not yet clinched a deal.
Gomez was linked with a move to Stamford Bridge even last season when he scored an incredible 41 goals for Bayern. Despite injury ruling him out of much of the first half of this past season he still netted more than 20 in all competitions.
Jose Mourinho could be tempted into going after a deal for a proven goalscorer at the very top level of European football.
The 21-year-old Swiss winger featured in the Bundesliga for Bayern last season, coming off the bench on 13 different occasions.
With Arjen Robben dismissing a move to the Premier League and Franck Ribery equally unlikely to leave, Shaqiri could be seriously tempted to join Mourinho at Chelsea.
The only problem is that Chelsea have not used conventional wingers for some time, playing a narrower formation.
It may sound a little underhand to invest in an injured player but that’s exactly what Chelsea could do with Holger Badstuber.
Bayern may be willing to get rid of him due to his troublesome knee problem and Chelsea could oblige them at the same time as signing Gomez. It’s a risk for Chelsea but they wouldn’t have any competition.
Full-back Badstuber is a senior international who could be a very good long term replacement if he starts playing well following his injury.
Gustavo is a holding midfield player and someone who could be preferred to John Obi Mikel and Michael Essien by Mourinho in terms of protecting the back four.
He’s just as good as Ramires when it comes to regaining, retaining and using possession effectively.
Gustavo started just 16 matches last season and Pep Guardiola may be reluctant to tinker with the system too much, which saw Bayern Munich pull off the treble last year.
Boateng is another top quality defender who could be tempted away by the prospect of regular football.
He had that brief spell at Manchester City which may lead to the suggestion he has problems with English football but as long as he’s playing, he doesn’t seem like the sort of player who will cause Mourinho a lot of trouble.
His contract also expires in the summer of 2015 so if Guardiola doesn’t want to keep him long term, he could be available.
Who should Chelsea go after?
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