What seems sure to be a blockbuster transfer window at Stamford Bridge is already well and truly underway after David Luiz bade Chelsea farewell in a £48m move to Paris Saint-Germain.
However, despite the slowly-sharpening teeth of financial fair play regulation it seems that the Blues won’t be squirrelling away the loot.
The Telegraph’s Jason Burt reports that Jose Mourinho has drawn up a shortlist of ‘powerful midfielders’ to replace the Brazilian centre-half-cum-midfielder in time for Chelsea’s 9/4-rated 2014/15 Premier League title challenge.
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One of this trio, if Mr Burt is to be believed could well be the man to help them do it.
Paul Pogba, Juventus
No coincidence that this all-action, box-to-boxer has benefited from the mentorship of Patrick Vieira, except Pogba’s tally of eight goals in all competitions this term betters any season in the great man’s career.
The former Manchester United youngster also found time to create as many goals for his teammates and average 2.3 tackles per game.
However, he has also professed his desire to stay with the three-time successive Scudetto winners in the not too distant past.
Koke, Atletico Madrid
Stationed at all points of the midfield compass over the course of Atleti’s already-brilliant campaign, the man his mother knows as Jorge Resurreccion has excelled in every one, even as the ‘Makelele’.
A hive of creative industry enough to make nine out of ten art school students blush, he’s crafted 15 goals for teammates this term across league and European commitments.
Not only is he the most creative of our trio, but he also averages a Pogba-bettering 2.8 tackles an outing this term.
Somewhat less proven in European football than his shortlist buddies, ‘Small Paul’ was nonetheless a fairly automatic pick for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazil World Cup squad.
Six goals and two assists in 28 top-flight starts is not a bad return for an adaptation campaign and his international manager’s enduring love suggest the Lilywhites clearly haven’t been getting the best out of him.