Transfer Kitty: £100m
Goal: Win the Premier League
I don't want to give up on too many players, but there are a few young prospects, like Pirez and Davila, that clearly won't make it at Chelsea, and there's no point to ruining a young player's career. Apart from the academy, and the players whose contracts have run out (I'm not extending anyone), there are only three players I'm going to sell.
So, we've got 121 million pounds, a Special manager, and a trophy to win. Let's build the squad:
So, Chelsea have a new starting goalkeeper. Now, we need a back-up,
preferably a cheap and home-grown one. There are plenty of options on the market, and many have been mentioned on other FanPosts, but it may be hard to find one willing to be a back-up. Kasper Schmeichel is my number one target, but any signing here will cost under £1m.
Elsewhere, Chelsea are soon going to have to make a decision on the futures of young goaltenders Jamal Blackman, Matej Delac, and Sam Walker. For now, I'll send them all out on loan.
Money Left: £120m
It's obvious that Chelsea have a need for some depth in defense, but there's another, less obvious, but very significant hole that needs to be addressed soon: the long-term left-back.
I think most Chelsea fans feel that Luke Shaw is the answer here, and although I seriously considered Fabio Coentrao, I would have to agree. I'm going to be adding the Southampton teenager for £13m. The plan is for him to take over as the starting left-back after two seasons on loan, but he'll face some stiff competition from Patrick Van Aanholt.
My other signing is going to be Schalke youngster Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who can play everywhere across the back-line, and might even challenge for a starting position at center-back. He will also cost around £15m.
Although it might not be the defense that let in 15 goals in the entire Premier League season during Mourinho's first spell at Chelsea, with the addition of Papadopoulos, only Manchester City can realistically claim to have a better defense.
Our loanees are also an impressive group.
Money left: £92m
If the rumor that Thiago Alcantara's buyout clause has been lowered to £15 million is correct, he has to be my number one target this summer. Due to squad size restrictions, I'm going to have to sell Michael Essien for £5m if Thiago is available, for a total expenditure of £10m. If Thiago is not available, I'll keep the Bison, and spent that £10m on Vitesse's Marco Van Ginkel, then send him to the Bundesliga on loan.
Either away, another center midfielder is desperately needed, so I'm going to make my first marquee signing, and purchase Luka Modric for £30m.
With Kevin De Bruyne finally in the Chelsea first-team, the midfield three finally looks set.
Further forward, although our attacking midfield is light on numbers, I've decided we're better off spending the money elsewhere.
Money left: £52m
So, here comes the controversial Lukaku-loan deal, and I'm in the camp that thinks the Kraken needs another season on loan, at a team that focuses on excellent technical skills, like Swansea or Borussia Dortmund. This, of course, leaves us with the same low-quality, low-on-depth forward duo that we used this season.
An easy answer comes in the form of Robert Lewandowski, whose combination of youth and talent make him one of the most wanted forwards in the world. With only one year left on his contract, we could save around £30m on his price tag, and, because Dortmund would rather sell to us than to Bayern, I'd expect a bid of around £25m to be enough to land the Polish international, although his wages will likely be insanely high.
Money left: £27m
With the first team looking much stronger than last season's, I can now use the rest of my budget to continue Chelsea's policy of looking for bright, young, underrated players whose values are about to explode.
The first order of business here is to conclude our deal for Ronan, another potential challenger for that left-back spot in a few years
Secondly, since we already have Luka Modric, why not go after "the new Luka Modric," Alen Halilovic, the best 16-year-old footballer in the world, and quite likely to leave Dinamo Zagreb this summer. He's expected to go for around £15m.
That's two Croatians in one transfer window, and, better yet, no Serbians. But wait just a minute. If we don't have to go over budget on any of my deals, or we manage to get one player for less than his expected price, there's still around £10m in the war-chest Chelsea gave me, coincidentally the price Serbian speedster Lazar Markovic is likely to cost. Yes, 19 is a little bit old for a Chelsea signing these days, but every team needs its' wily veterans.
All three of those players get sent out on loan.
And, so we don't engage in "financial doping"/to make it a little fairer to everyone else, said player cannot be any older than
First, let's recap this (imaginary) summer's transfer dealings.
Out: Petr Cech, Jeffrey Bruma, Marko Marin
In: Kasper Schmeichel
Thiago Alcantara (with an Essien sale) or Marco Van Ginkel,
Lazar Markovic (if there's enough money left over)
Kevin De Bruyne
Delac, Walker, Blackman
Shaw, Ronan, Van Aanholt
Wallace, Kalas, Kane, Clifford
Chalobah, McEachran, Loftus-Cheek, Baker, Saville, Ake, Van Ginkel, Halilovic, Osmanovic
Kakuta, Cuevas, Piazon, T.Hazard, Markovic
Lukaku, Bamford, Kiwomya, Rodriguez, Lalkovic, Feruz
You'll notice that's 31, so, in one summer in charge, I've almost managed to catch up to Milan
And finally, the 2013-14 Premier League Squad
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Assistant Manager: Paulo Ferreira
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois; Kasper Schmeichel