Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Players Jose Mourinho Would Love to Bring to the Blues

Brandon Glass@@bglass20Correspondent IJune 11, 2013

Napoli striker Edinson Cavani has been linked to Chelsea over the past few weeks
Napoli striker Edinson Cavani has been linked to Chelsea over the past few weeksGiuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

As Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea for his second stint in charge of the Blues, along came with him rumors of players that the 'Special One' wanted to bring to West London. 

It's been just over a week since Mourinho was officially appointed Chelsea's new boss, yet there have been dozens of names linked with the team. 

Napoli's Edinson Cavani, Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Roma's Daniele De Rossi are among those who have been rumored to come to West London in hopes of linking up with Mourinho and forming a dynasty in the English Premier League. 

However, as we all know, it is very unlikely that Mourinho lands all three of these names. Nonetheless, Mourinho and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich are more than willing to unload their wallets and spend on big-name players. 

Let's take a look at some of the players that the new Chelsea boss will look to bring with him to the Blues. 


Edinson Cavani, Napoli

Cavani, who is coming off a superb Serie A season with Napoli in which he scored 29 goals in 34 appearances, has been the hottest striker target in the world as of late. 

The striker has claimed himself that he would love the opportunity to work with Jose Mourinho. However, Napoli may not be so keen on letting Cavani go. 

According to Goal, Napoli have rejected Chelsea's latest offer of £34 million plus Fernando Torres. Napoli are apparently holding out for a value that closes in on Cavani's £53.8 million release clause.

Despite Chelsea's latest offer for the Uruguyan striker, Mourinho has said himself that nothing will be decided with Torres until the Spaniard returns from the Confederations Cup with his national team. 

While Mourinho has said that Torres will remain with the club through at least the next few weeks, there is no doubt that acquiring Cavani would upgrade Chelsea's front line and provide them with one of the best strikers in Europe. 


Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

Since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement from the helm of Manchester United, striker Wayne Rooney has opened the door for an exit from Old Trafford. 

When rumors spread of Rooney sending in a transfer request, Chelsea was largely speculated as one of the best fits for the England international. 

According to ESPN, Mourinho, who had his introductory press conference with Chelsea yesterday, opened the door for a Rooney transfer to London

I like him [Rooney]. He is at a fantastic age. He has maturity, big experience and is still young. It's up to him and what he wants, what makes him happy.

However, according to Sky Sports, United have insisted that Rooney will not be for sale over the summer. 

Despite the Red Devils' efforts to keep Rooney in Manchester, it is clear that Mourinho would love to have the striker in blue come August, and might do everything in his power to bring him to London. 


Daniele De Rossi, Roma

As a player who may not be getting the same amount of attention as the likes of Cavani and Rooney, Daniele De Rossi may be the player who seems like he may be the best fit at Chelsea. 

According to the Express, De Rossi is someone who Mourinho has had his sights on since re-joining Chelsea. 

The 29-year-old Italian would provide Chelsea experience to an otherwise youthful midfield, which features the threesome of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar.

More importantly, De Rossi would provide versatility for the Blues. As a box-to-box midfielder, De Rossi can play in front of the back four, as well as slot in behind the striker. Even more so, Mourinho may see De Rossi as a long-term replacement for Blues legend Frank Lampard. 

While not demanding the same type of money as Cavani or Rooney, De Rossi may still yet be Mourinho's most coveted transfer target of the summer. 


Eliaquim Mangala, Porto

As Mourinho is looking to bolster the roster of his new club, he may be looking at a former club of his to do so. 

According to the Daily Mail, the Chelsea boss is looking to snag defender Eliaquim Mangala from Portuguese club Porto. 

Mourinho, who brought Ricardo Carvalho from Porto to Chelsea in his first go-around with the Blues, may be looking at yet another Porto defender to bolster a defense that looked shaky at times in the past season. With John Terry's health in serious doubt, as well as Mourinho not being too fond of David Luiz's defensive abilities, Mangala might be the missing piece for Mourinho's ideal back line. 

While Chelsea still have Terry, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovich as capable center-defenders, look for Mourinho to add at least one defender to his team in the summer.


While Jose Mourinho has promised Chelsea faithful that he will be a calmer, more-relaxed manager than he was with his first stint in London, there is no doubting that he still has the need to win. 

In order to do so, Mourinho will have to strengthen a side that finished third in the Premier League and only qualified for next year's Champions League on the final day of the season. 

Look for Cavani, Rooney, De Rossi and Mangala to be among those he attempts to bring to West London to help him do so. 


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