Chelsea business ‘complete’ after luring Luis
Jose Mourinho has declared Chelsea, who are 7/4 to win the Premier League next season, have finished in the transfer market this summer, following the capture of Atletico Madrid left back Felipe Luis, who replaces Ashley Cole.
Having already signed centre forward Diego Costa, and midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Mario Pasalic, Mourinho is content with the club’s activity.
“We finished the market today,” said Mourinho after completing the Luis deal. “The transfer market closes 31 August and we close on July 19.
“My club did a fantastic job, not just because of what we bought, but because we did it in almost record time.”
It was thought that Mourinho may compete with Arsenal for the signing of Real Madrid’s box-to-box midfielder Sami Khedira, and one of either Radamel Falcao of Monaco, or Edinson Cavani at PSG. It was reported the Uruguayan had asked his agent to find him a Premier League club, however, it seems that won’t be Chelsea, after Mourinho moved quickly in the market.
“The club did fantastic, we knew the targets, we knew the players and the club attacked them and their clubs at a very early stage,” he continued.
“We got exactly what we need and what we want. The squad is one which I like very much and I look forward to starting the season.”
One of those signings was former Arsenal midfielder Fabregas, and the Blues boss admitted it didn’t take long to convince the 27-year-old Spaniard to sign from Barcelona.
“I spoke with him for 20 minutes. I think he really wanted to come to us,” said Mourinho.
“Arsenal had an option where they could interfere, but I think he was not open to that. He was very much in our direction, so it was an easy job for me.”
The Portuguese manager obviously thinks his squad is strong enough to compete on all fronts, though one trophy still eludes him at Stamford Bridge. As a result, he is 10/1 to win the Champions League with Chelsea next term.