Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho told SkySports News that he will not be signing any new players in this transfer window until after the World Cup in Brazil. Mourinho has already signed John Terry to a contract extension and hopes to do the same for Frank Lampard but it appears Ashley Cole’s career at Stamford Bridge is over. So on top of adding a striker or two, Jose Mourinho may look to bring in cover for Cesar Azpilicueta at leftback or bring Ryan Bertrand or Patrick Van Aanholt back in to the fold.
Jose Mourinho on signing players in this transfer window:
“Since the market will be open until 31st August, like it is, I think it will be more of the same. I think people (will) wait for the World Cup, wait for the first reaction of the first team, wait until after something happens. At Chelsea, the manager is the same, the basic structure of the team is the same, we don’t need the season to finish and the results of the season make the decisions about what we need and what we don’t need. Everything was done during the season, we knew perfectly what we wanted and I don’t think we have huge work to do during the summer really.”
The issue with waiting until the World Cup is over is that a player’s transfer value may increase if they perform well. We have seen that scenario in recent World Cups with players bursting on to the scene or reintroducing themselves to the football world with a series of stellar performances. Chelsea signed Ramires on the back of a fine World Cup performance and they will likely be using the tournament as a talent evaluator for a player like Diego Costa or even Romelu Lukaku. Perhaps there are some players that are under the radar now that will announce themselves on the big stage and earn a move to the Blues as Jose Mourinho looks to build the squad to his specifications.
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