Chelsea

Jose’s Haunt Club

If you were to ask Jose Mourinho, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” the Portuguese manager would probably look you stern in the eye and scoff, “Neither.” He’d then probably proceed to tell you that it was he who came first, that it is he who is first, and that, assuming time is a linear construct, it will always be him that is first.

This would then be followed by a smack on the jowl and your swift removal from his bathroom and a march to the asylum.

Needless to say it is this mentality that made him a favourable candidate to rebuild Los Merengues’ fallen empire.

Just as important though, is Mourinho’s ability to deal, with minimal inhibition, the grander names and the larger egos of the footballing world. If a player does not fit his plans, expect him to be hurried towards the door.

With Brazilian right-back Maicon expected to follow in Jose’s path to the Santiago Bernabeu, current full-back Sergio Ramos could well be the first victim of Mourinho’s reign.

The 24-year-old, was expected to remain at Madrid by occupying the centre-back position, making way for the Brazilian. However, it has now emerged that Chelsea is willing to take on the Spanish full-back for a fee of £25m.

The Spanish international, who is currently in South Africa warming up for the World Cup, was bought by Real Madrid in 2005 from Sevilla by Florentino Perez during his first tenure as president of the club for around £20m after only two seasons playing professional football for the side with which he had spent his youth.

Since then, Ramos has earned two league titles with his club, and become an essential part of Spain’s recent successes including the European Championship win in 2008.

A move for the Spaniard would almost certainly lead to the departure of Chelsea’s Paulo Ferreira or Jose Bosingwa. Injury has prevented either full back from making a significant impact on the squad over recent months but Ferreira’s ability to cover at left-back may see the aging Portuguese defender kept in favour of his fellow countryman.

If Ramos does depart the Bernabeu this summer, Mourinho could be interested in bringing in Juventus stopper Giorgio Chiellini who is rumoured to be looking for a move away from The Old Lady.

The 25-year-old Italian defender is expected to cost around the same amount as Sergio Ramos.

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