The Independent has suggested that Jose Mourinho isn’t interested in doing a deal for Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas.
The majority of reports have suggested that the Blues are in the driving seat to sign the Spaniard but the national daily has argued that he’d prefer a deal for Atletico Madrid star Koke or Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
The reasons the paper suggests Mourinho isn’t interested relate to two key areas; his physical stature and the value for money in the deal.
“Mourinho’s willingness to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United last January underlined how he does not always value players in the small, playmaking role and sources in Portugal have indicated he will need to be persuaded that an outlay of £30m on Barcelona’s Fabregas is the best use of that money.”
Chelsea do have a perfectly capable and top class number ten in the form of Oscar and a player in Ramires who is more than capable of pulling the strings in the middle of the team.
Juan Mata was sold because he didn’t offer anything drastically different to Oscar and wasn’t able to transform his game defensively, which would have allowed him to drop into a deeper role in Chelsea’s midfield.
What the Inde seems to be suggesting is that Mourinho would prefer a player more along the lines of a Yaya Toure or an attacking version of Nemanja Matic.
Pogba definitely falls into that category and considering a deal for the former Manchester United man could cost anywhere between £60-70 million, the £30 million retained from not buying Fabregas could go a long way to making a bid possible.
He already has players who can control possession and create chances and just like any other top flight manager, he appears reluctant to sign someone unless they are going to offer something a bit different to his team.
Mourinho has been very careful with his recent signings, investing a great deal in youth when the opportunity to go after higher profile and more experience signings has existed.
His past with Fabregas wouldn’t have been an obstacle to any deal, it’s the way he currently views his playing style and the money the Blues would be asked to pay for him which are the decisive factors.
The Inde’s report clearly questions the recent idea that the Blues already have an agreement with Fabregas in place.