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Jose's top targets

DIEGO MILITO

The Argentina hitman has been a firm favourite of Mourinho's since he brought him to Inter last year. Milito will again hope to impress his former coach at the World Cup after an outstanding display in the Champions League final, where he netted both goals in his side's 2-0 win over Bayern Munich. Milito also scored the winner in the Coppa Italia final against Roma, and was on target as Inter sealed the Serie A title with a 1-0 win at Siena on the final day of the season. A move for the 30 year old would pitch him into direct opposition with his brother Gabriel, who plays for Barcelona.

ASHLEY COLE

Mourinho has spoken often of his affection for Chelsea and there is a good chance he will look to mount a raid of his former club this summer. Cole is a big admirer of Mourinho, after the Portuguese helped to develop him into one of the best full-backs in world football, and would likely be open to the opportunity to a switch to the Spanish capital once he has returned from World Cup duty with England. Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti will certainly not want to part with the 29 year old, but Cole could view any move as a fresh start following a season plagued by negative headlines off the pitch.

DIDIER DROGBA

The Ivory Coast international will be another Chelsea star on Mourinho's radar as he bids to strengthen his forward line. Drogba is currently under contract until 2012 but Chelsea may be tempted to cash-in on the 32 year old as Ancelotti looks to put his own stamp on the Blues' squad by bringing in new blood to partner Nicolas Anelka in attack. Drogba would give Madrid more physical strength up front, as well as providing valuable muscle when defending set-pieces. Drogba is yet to win a Champions League title and may view Mourinho as the man best placed to help him fulfil that ambition.

MAICON

Few will be surprised if the new Madrid boss elects to sign the Inter full-back this summer. Madrid fans may have their misgivings over the defensive mentality Mourinho has shown in Italy, but shoring up the backline will be crucial if Barcelona's dominance is to be broken domestically, and if the club are to improve on their recent below-par showings in the Champions League. The signing of Maicon, who has pipped Dani Alves to the right-back berth in the Brazil national side, would be a real show of intent in this regard. Maicon could be after a new challenge after completing the treble with Inter, and would add potent a attacking threat down the right channel.

JOE COLE

There is an outside chance that Mourinho could also look to snap up the other Cole in Chelsea's ranks. The midfielder is out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer and is known to be weighing up his options ahead of a likely move away from west London. After the heady spending of last summer, the prospect of signing such a talent on a free will also be attractive to both Mourinho and the Bernabeu board. Cole has already been linked with moves to Manchester City and Liverpool but is believed to favour staying in London, with Tottenham leading the chase for his signature. However, the chance of a move to Spain to work under Mourinho once again could turn his head.


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