The Special One is back in the Premier League after Jose Mourinho was confirmed as Chelsea’s new manager yesterday.
The papers are rife with speculation over who he will sign and who he will let go as he looks to make his own stamp on the Blues squad, which is very different to the one he left six years ago.
Only Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, John Terry and Frank Lampard remain as first team regulars from Mourinho’s previous stint as Chelsea boss.
Sneijder is Mourinho’s top target
The Sun report that the man on the top of Jose’s transfer hitlist is Dutch midfield maestro Wesley Sneijder. The playmaker won the treble under Mourinho at Inter Milan before surprisingly moving to Galatasaray last January.
With due respect to the Turkish side, it is thought that Sneijder demands a bigger stage to showcase his talents having previously played for European heavyweights Real Madrid and Inter Milan.
He is still only 28 and has much to offer one of the tops sides in Europe. He has remained close to Mourinho since their success together in Milan and would see a switch to Stamford Bridge as the perfect kick start to his career after he has struggled in Turkey.
The other main news surrounding Mourinho and his return to Chelsea centres on the future of Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian spent last season on loan at West Brom and impressed all who saw him with his all action style producing 17 goals.
Lukaku will stay at the Bridge
The Baggies as well as West Ham and others would be interested in taking the teenager on loan but Mourinho has ruled that out saying the player will be at Stamford Bridge next season.
Last season Chelsea’s lack of depth in the striking department was all too often left exposed as Fernando Torres struggled to find his goal scoring touch and Demba Ba was restricted to Premier League matches after being cup tied for European matches.
Mourinho is also considering a move for Arsenal target Stevan Jovetic, Man City supersub Edin Dzeko, Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, Roma’s Daniele De Rossi and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fernandinho according to the Mail.