Having once coached at the La Liga, Mourinho has seen the quality of Atletico Madrid players. Chelsea having lost to them 1 to 4 goals at the UEFA Cup finals can’t deny their quality either, and with their former loanee at the club, having been turned to one of the finest goalkeepers in the game, they will agree that the team is capable of making players. All these antecedents made Mourinho go for three of Atletico players at the past transfer window, and he returned the loanee.
Diego Costa and Filipe Luis were successful bids, but Joao Miranda’s deal fell through. Thibaut Courtois ended his loan term and was back to his parent club. Although Filipe wasn’t so extraordinary, but both Costa and Courtois were key players for Chelsea this season, and their contributions to the EPL title clinching cannot be overemphasized.
Chelsea again now wants additions to the current squad from Atletico Madrid, and the club is reportedly planning the swoop of three more players from the Liga outfit. Striker Antoine Griezmann, midfielder Koke and defender Toby Alderweireld are Chelsea’s target for next summer.
Griezmann has been more than impressive in just what is his debut season for Atletico Madrid. The France international is with the 3rd highest goals in La Liga ahead of the likes of Neymar and Suarez. And Chelsea is ready to bring him into the Stamford bridge attack, with plans to table his buyout clause of 45 million pounds.
Koke has been solid in the heart of the club’s midfield. He has grown from the club’s academy and youth teams into one of the finest midfielders around. Chelsea is keen to get him to play at their side, and are in talk with Atletico for a deal that will involve the swap of Luis Filipe, in order to reduce the 48 million pounds buyout clause on the Spaniard’s head.
Mourinho wants a second-choice keeper, midfielder, striker and defender. And for his choice of defender, Toby Alderweireld calls. The Belgian international is currently on loan at Southampton from Spain, and has been solid in defense for the Saints this season, making 23 league appearances and 2 cup appearances. The special one wants him as an option in defence for the coming season for his versatility as he can also function well also as a right back.