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Thursday 24 July 2014

Blues done dealing - Mourinho

Published 25/01/2014|14:02

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Mourinho says Chelsea have concluded their activity in the transfer window
Jose Mourinho says Chelsea 'are not bringing in a striker in this window'

Jose Mourinho says Chelsea have concluded their activity in the January transfer window.

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The Portuguese has moved to sign Mohamed Salah from Basle, with Juan Mata's move to Manchester United imminent.

Salah must pass a medical and agree personal terms, which is something of a formality, to become Chelsea's third signing of the month after Bertrand Traore and Nemanja Matic.

Traore is an 18-year-old prospect who was immediately loaned to Vitesse Arnhem, while Matic has been thrust straight into the first-team squad after initially departing for Benfica in the deal which saw David Luiz move to Stamford Bridge.

"Hopefully we are done," Mourinho said. "We are not bringing in a striker in this window."

Chelsea's initial intention this month was to solely go for Matic, a defensive midfielder, but circumstances and a fee from United too good to turn down will see Mata depart and Salah come in.

Mata and Kevin De Bruyne, who joined Wolfsburg, have departed for big fees and substantial profits.

Both play in a position in which Mourinho has numerous options.

It is a transitional period for Chelsea, yet they are still challenging at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Mourinho, whose focus this weekend is on Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie with Stoke, said: "We would only have done Nemanja this window if we hadn't lost a player (Mata), but we are trying to keep the level and improve, to improve the team, to improve the squad, to change the style of play.

"And we're still trying to get results and still trying to win matches.

"We need that mixture of young players growing up and experienced players giving stability to the team.

"We are doing that. You can see what we're trying to do. Nemanja is 26, Salah 21, so we are trying to build a team for the future.

"We're doing fine. We're calm. In relation to the domestic competitions, Man City is Man City, an unbelievable level.

"Arsenal have had eight years building this team, and this team is perfect. They're also a strong contender."

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