Are Chelsea spending-shy this summer?

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Chelsea have been uncharacteristically frugal so far this summer since the return of Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge. Is it possible that the Blues have gone shy or is there more cash to be splashed yet?

Despite being still relatively high on the Premier League’s big-spenders list this summer, having spent a total of £27.7 million so far on Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel, Mark Schwarzer and Cristian Cuevas, the Blues have yet to make a ‘big’ splash so far this summer.

Last year the Blues spent £92 million on eight players between their summer business and January, in 2011/12 they spent £87.8 million, in 2010/11 they spent £99.3 million and even in Jose Mourinho’s first term at Stamford Bridge, the Portuguese boss spent £337.2 million over four years, an average of £84.3 million which sounds about right in line with the spending since he left in 2007.

We’re still only at the back end of July, of course, but the Blues lack of speculation so far can only point to two possible outcomes: either Mourinho has a big name signing lined up (Wayne Rooney is a confirmed target) or Mourinho has several (relatively) smaller signings in the pipeline.

It seems inconceivable to me that Chelsea would break the habit of a decade since the arrival of Roman Abramovich and you only have to look at the current squad to see that a player like Rooney could very well be on the way to West London.

The Blues have struggled to find and maintain at top quality striker – both Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have failed to fill the boots left by Didier Drogba (and Nicolas Anelka to a lesser extent) anywhere near adequately.

Mourinho revealed early this week that Chelsea are indeed chasing Wayne Rooney who handed in a transfer request to Manchester United in May and looks increasingly likely to make a dash for the exit at Old Trafford.

Rooney is likely valued in the region of £30 million however United’s understandable reluctance to sell him to a direct domestic rival (and probably to sell him at all) could well increase their valuation closer to £40 million.

Theoretically, however, even if Chelsea brought in the 27-year-old England number 10, that would only take their total to £67.7 million which is still shy of their usual expenditure. Who else could Mourinho possible have on his shortlist?

The Blues have been linked with Hulk, Robert Lewandowski, Marouane Fellaini and Luis Gustavo – who knows who will end up where by the time September rolls around but I would think it same to assume Chelsea will be making more of a splash in the market pool this summer – especially seeing as Manchester City have already spent close to £90 million already.

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