Chelsea manager José Mourinho has stated that the possibility of being a title challenger from day one next season depends on the club’s activity in the summer transfer window.
Mourinho has consistently downplayed Chelsea’s title ambitions throughout this season and it has been a major shift from his usual confidence inspiring talk, which has been seen as borderline arrogant by some. After finishing third in the league for the first time since 2003, Mourinho’s career needs to come back to winning ways sooner rather than later.
However, he says that Chelsea’s summer transfer activity will determine whether the club can challenge for the league title next season. He said:
“Next season if we do our work in a successful way in the summer market, which I know the club is trying to do everything to make that a successful period for us, then if we do that I want to start day one saying we are going to fight for the title.
“We don’t need a new spine, a new structure. It is there.
“The fundamental for us now is a couple of players of a certain level to help the team immediately go to a different level.
“After that the additional is if someone has to leave then someone has to come. Our work in the summer is not a big amount of work, it is just the right choice.”
This seems like a statement aimed at Roman Abramovich, who is expected to ensure that Chelsea remain within UEFA’s FFP regulations. Mourinho will have around £30 million to spend, but should the Portuguese demand more, he has to sell some of his stars in order to raise funds.
Chelsea are expected to bring in a defender and a striker in the summer. John obi Mikel, David Luiz, Samuel Eto’o, Demba Ba, and possibly, Torres have all been linked with an exit.