Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confessed he is wary of what Chelsea have planned for the summer, including the potential signing of Radamel Falcao and possible return to the Premier League of Jose Mourinho, according to the
Rafael Benitez is the current interim boss at Stamford Bridge but will leave the club at the end of the season, with the identity of his successor not yet known. Mourinho has been widely touted as the man lined up to replace Benitez, returning to the club at which he spent just over three years between 2004 and 2007.
Wenger feels Benitez has done a sterling job in difficult circumstances, but believes Mourinho would be a good fit for the full-time post. “I think Chelsea currently have a great coach in Rafa Benitez, but if they part ways at the end of season, of course Jose Mourinho would be a good solution for Chelsea,” Wenger said.
Mourinho is unlikely to be the only arrival at Chelsea, however, with a much-rumoured move for Atletico Madrid striker Falcao also thought to be in the pipeline. Wenger concedes he does not know the veracity of the Falcao gossip, but admits he would be a good signing for the Blues.
“We’ve heard a lot of talk about Radamel Falcao. Some people say it’s already a done deal, but I’ve heard nothing,” Wenger added.
Should Falcao sign in at Stamford Bridge, however, the Frenchman feels he would be another powerful player in an already packed squad – and the kind of moves Chelsea are discussing have led Wenger to believe they will be a force to be reckoned with next season.
“I’m afraid of what Chelsea can do in the summer,” Wenger admitted. “We have to be prepared for them to be one of the biggest movers in terms of investment once the window opens.
“Even though they already have a great base to their squad, notably their young players such as Oscar, Juan Mata, Ramires and Eden Hazard, I think they will be busy during the transfer window.”
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