Saturday 25 February 2017

Pacey Pedro heads Blues' wish list for the summer as Mourinho agrees new deal

Matt Law

Mourinho’s £8.5 million-a-year contract, signed on his return as manager at Stamford Bridge in 2013, has two years remaining and Chelsea are poised to extend that by a further two years, together with a wage rise (Reuters / John Sibley)
Mourinho’s £8.5 million-a-year contract, signed on his return as manager at Stamford Bridge in 2013, has two years remaining and Chelsea are poised to extend that by a further two years, together with a wage rise (Reuters / John Sibley)

Chelsea will step up negotiations over a new contract for Jose Mourinho and start formalising their summer transfer plans now that the Premier League title is secure.

Mourinho's £8.5 million-a-year contract, signed on his return as manager at Stamford Bridge in 2013, has two years remaining and Chelsea are poised to extend that by a further two years, together with a wage rise.

Chelsea will once again back Mourinho in the summer transfer market, with the Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez and the Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao on a long list of targets. Mourinho has been in line to get a renewed Chelsea contract for some time, but official talks had to take a back seat while the club attempted to win a first title in five years.

With the title now wrapped up, attention can turn to securing Mourinho's long-term future and the Portuguese has made it clear that he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho's first Chelsea spell ended after three years, following a falling-out with Roman Abramovich, the owner, but the relationship between the pair is now much better.

Abramovich and the club gave Mourinho full backing in his battle with match officials earlier this season and it was noticeable that the Russian billionaire received a glowing name-check after the victory against Crystal Palace that clinched the title for Chelsea.

"I stay here until Mr Abramovich wants me," Mourinho said.

"The day he tells me to go, I go. He is the man who won every title at Chelsea - some players did some, others did others. Same with managers. Mr Abramovich won it all. If he has replicas, he needs a big house."

Mourinho used only 22 players in guiding Chelsea to the title and he will tweak his squad this summer in a bid to try to combine a dual assault on the Premier League and Champions League.

With Petr Cech, Filipe Luis and Didier Drogba all poised to leave Stamford Bridge, Mourinho will need a back-up goalkeeper, at least one new defender and a forward. There is also the possibility of Chelsea accepting a bid for Oscar, as the club assess their midfield options.

Chelsea have been monitoring Pedro's situation for some time and the Spain international is available for around £20m after finding himself behind Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar in the Barcelona pecking order. Pedro can play anywhere across a front three or as a No 10 and possesses the kind of blistering pace that Mourinho's squad has been short of this season.

Mourinho will certainly look at his former club Real Madrid as he attempts to strengthen his defensive options. The centre-back Raphael Varane is one of Chelsea's top targets, while Coentrao is hopeful of moving to Stamford Bridge.

Atlético Madrid's interest in re-signing the left-back Luis gives Chelsea the leverage to ask about midfielder Koke and forward Antoine Griezmann, who has scored 22 La Liga goals this season. Both players are believed to have £44m release clauses. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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