We may not have announced who our new manager is going to be yet, but Chelsea have not been waiting around for that appointment to be made before putting together their summer shopping wish list. Jose Mourinho should be announced in the very near future, and it looks like he will have a ready-made list of targets waiting on his desk when arrives.
Whether Mourinho already has his own ideas about who he might like to sign is unknown just yet, but Jose is not exactly known for being shy with the chequebook, so you can be sure there will be a few surprises this summer.
In addition to the well-known interest in Atletico Madrid’s Falcao, we are most certainly interest in Bayer Leverkusen’s Andre Schurrle. In April, director of sport Rudi Voller travelled to London to meet Chelsea bigwigs to discuss the potential Schurrle transfer, while Leverkusen chief Wolfgang Holzhauser admitted only two weeks ago that he wouldn’t be surprised if Schurrle had signed a pre-contract with Chelsea. Schurrle is a skilful attacker that can lead the line or play on the wing, and he would provide stiff competition in the Chelsea forward line.
More interestingly, we are also supposedly interest in the excellent and hugely promising Luke Shaw of Southampton. Southampton have an incredible academy that consistently churns out hugely talented youngsters – Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxade-Chamberlain being three of the most recent. A fee of 10 million is being discussed over Shaw, who is seen as the possible long term replacement for Ashley Cole. Although Ryan Bertrand is probably hoping that the deal doesn’t go through, Bertrand has shown this season that he is a versatile player capable of playing further forward. Similarly, Shaw’s attacking forays this year would indicate that his best position could well be further up the pitch.
While nothing is confirmed, it is encouraging to know that the club are not waiting around for a new manager to be announced. We’ll get our man in good time – until then it continues to be business as usual.