Jose Mourinho is lining up three new attackers for his second spell at Chelsea – Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk, and Stevan Jovetic, the Fiorentina player, according to the
The combined cost of the three transfers would be around £110m, the newspaper claims, with Cavani valued in the region of £50m, a £34.9m bid made for Hulk, and the final £25m to be spent on Montenegro international Jovetic.
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko is the fourth name on Mourinho’s wanted list but he is seen as more of a back-up option in case Cavani moves elsewhere than a priority target. There had also been speculation City and Napoli could swap Dzeko and Cavani but the Mail dismisses the chances of such a deal.
Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis confirmed Chelsea are mulling over a move for Cavani. He said: “There is interest from Chelsea in Cavani, they’ll call me in the next few hours. I’ll be delighted if he stays, but if he leaves then he will be adequately replaced.”
Brazil forward Hulk, meanwhile, revealed he was aware of interest in his signature from Chelsea, but insisted he was focused solely on international duty ahead of the Confederations Cup. “If I said there wasn’t anything in it, I would be lying,” Hulk added. “But that is not for now. At the moment, I am 100 per cent focused on the Selecao. Other matters will have to wait until afterwards.”
Doubts have been raised over the futures of Juan Mata and Oscar under Mourinho, while the arrival of three new attackers would cloud the future of the existing strikers at the club, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres, the newspaper adds.
Mourinho agreed his return to Chelsea on Monday, leaving Real Madrid, nearly six years after he first departed from Stamford Bridge after a trophy-laden three year spell between 2004 and 2007.
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