Jose Mourinho is evidently not content with the capture of Mesut Ozil alone, and would love nothing more than to knock Barcelona off their perch, thus completing a hat trick of title wins in each of Europe’s “top three” leagues.
To add Real Madrid to the honours achieved with Chelsea and Inter Milan would be a gold standard distinction for the self appointed “Special One”, and now the chase is on to land the crème de la crème of firepower needed to achieve that goal.
With Karim Benzema alleged to be heading for the Bernabeu exit door, the hunt is on for a new front man. Number one on Mourinho’s hitlist presently appears to be Didier Drogba, one of his ex-charges who he took a shrewd gamble on in the first place.
The Ivorian appeared evergreen as he destroyed West Bromwich Albion on the opening day, with possibly the most audacious and easy looking hat-trick seen for many a year. What he can’t do with an inflatable, aerodynamic sphere (developed for years by champagne swilling “scientists” at Lancaster University) isn’t worth knowing, and his scoring record for Chelsea is there for all to be seen.
There is no doubt that a reunion with Mourinho would be somewhat sentimental, and his time wouldn’t be wasted either in Madrid or West London. No doubt Drogba will always be extremely difficult to move away from Chelsea, but there are also four other potential targets…
Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao)
Stands almost as tall as Peter Crouch, but doesn’t double for a beanstalk and with his frightening physique can outmuscle even the most steely of defenders. Llorente has hit 46 goals in 166 appearances for Athletic Bilbao, and steadily maintained a double figure strike rate for each season since 2007-08.
At 25, the giant Spaniard is at his peak, and should Mourinho successfully pursue him and nurture him in the right way, the results could be devastating for anyone not associated with Real Madrid in the coming years.
Romelu Lukaku (Anderlecht)
The Belgian-Congolese wonder kid everyone has been ranting about, and for good reason. At just 17 years of age, Lukaku has been called up to the full Belgian national squad and has hit 17 goals in 25 appearances for Anderlecht to date.
Back in silly season, Everton made inquiries about the youngster, but there was no express desire for a move to the Premier League at that time – however, with European giants Real Madrid potentially knocking on the door, the situation could change in the blink of an eye. Watch the space, the kid is special…
Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich)
Gomez was voted German footballer of the year in 2007, after his 14 goal contribution helped VfB Stuttgart lift their first Bundesliga title since 1992 – now in the red of Bayern Munich, Gomez has become a fully fledged international.
His style of play is one of valour and he never gives up, hence the nickname of “Mr Reliable”, and it would only be a matter of time before questionable suitors came knocking.
His four year contract at Bayern could only be disrupted by the most powerful of European giants, and a transfer is therefore unlikely. Having said that, we’ve heard those words before…
Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City)
Although Adebayor has been spared the axe swing of his manager Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City striker may desire a move back to a club who are currently playing Champions League football, unlike his present club who make an annual pledge but fall short every time.
His first season at Eastlands (14 goals in 26 appearances) was respectable and showed that he could still possibly have a long and happy future in the sky blue Ethiad jersey. Yet it only takes one nudge to spill the proverbial teacup, and his money driven move from Arsenal is testimony to how the modern day need for immediate money and success can affect players of his calibre.
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