Jose Mourinho’s search for new signings has led him to former club Porto, with Chelsea readying bids for striker Jackson Martinez and centre-back Eliaquim Mangala.
The Stamford Bridge boss led Porto to European Cup glory nine years ago and their success since – which includes seven domestic titles and a Europa League victory – has seen massive sums generated from player sales, with Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez continuing the trend this summer with their combined £60m move to Monaco.
Mourinho would expect to pay a similar amount for his targets, as Barcelona are also sending admiring glances Mangala’s way and Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Martinez.
22-year-old French defender Mangala starred in his first full season as a regular at the Estadio do Dragao, in a Porto defence that conceded a miserly 14 goals in the league, chipping in with four strikes of his own and he would be an excellent addition to the Chelsea back-line, with concerns about the fitness of John Terry and the future of David Luiz.
Martinez stormed to the top of the Portuguese goalscoring charts last season, rattling the onion bag 26 times in the league in his first term at the club and at 26-years-old, the west Londoners would be getting a player approaching his prime.
Chelsea – who are 27/20 to beat Hull City with the tigers given a two-goal headstart – are particularly keen to land Martinez, after signalling the end of their pursuit of Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney by putting a deadline of August 26th on the completion of the transfer and with no encouragement forthcoming from Old Trafford boss David Moyes, Mourinho hopes to wrap up a deal for the Columbian striker quickly.