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Mourinho: 'We are outside the market now'

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Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Despite weakening the squad through the sale of Romelu Lukaku on Wednesday, Chelsea still are not looking to bring anyone new into the mix this summer. At least, that's if you listen to the manager:

We have the squad we want and, I repeat, the club was fantastic in the way they worked so hard and so fast to get Diego [Costa], Filipe [Luis] and [Cesc] Fabregas. Thibaut [Courtois] to return was something obvious. Kurt Zouma we did six months ago.

We are happy, and we trust them. We did the job very well. We are outside the market now.

Source: ChelseaFC.com.

I am disinclined to believe Jose Mourinho on this front, mostly because we're at somewhere around zero net spend (which is a stupid metric, but an easily calculable one) for 2014, and that seems very un-Chelsea-like. The squad could still be improved, we definitely have the money to do it, and if we're done in the transfer market right now that'd be really rather odd.

For me, Chelsea have a rare opportunity -- Real Madrid are spending money on shiny toys rather than addressing holes in their squad, Manchester City are hobbled by Financial Fair Play, and Barcelona and Bayern Munich are still deep in some fantasy world in which you don't need 'defenders'. England and Europe's top sides are vulnerable, and we have the foundations and the money to make a go at toppling them. I'd be shocked if we didn't go for it.