Jose Mourinho is set for a contract extension – and will then oversee a major overhaul of his title-winning Chelsea squad.The new Premier League champions plan to step up negotiations over giving manager Mourinho two more years on his £12million-a-year deal, tying him down until 2019.
The move has been in the pipeline and the two sides will resume talks now Mourinho has clinched the club’s first league crown in five years.
Owner Roman Abramovich will also back Mourinho in the transfer market this summer, with a midfielder, defender, forward and keeper on their wish-list.
Atletico Madrid wide-man Antoine Griezmann, Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane and Getafe keeper Vicente Guaita are on their radar.
Chelsea are also watching developments on Gareth Bale at Real Madrid and are interested in Barcelona wideman Pedro, who will be allowed to leave the Nou Camp this summer.
Clearly, they will only sign one player for each section of the team and outgoings will help balance the summer’s transfer plans and also their need to stay within Financial Fair Play rules.
Keeper Petr Cech, 32, will be allowed to leave, Brazilian midfielder Oscar may also be sold and full-back Filipe Luis could go back to Atletico Madrid after just one season with the Blues as a makeweight for France international Griezmann, who has a £45m buy-out clause in his contract.
Sky pundit Gary Neville has backed Chelsea to make a move for Bale – who is also wanted by Manchester United.
Neville said: “If he becomes available, if Chelsea win that battle, and say they lost Oscar or Ramires and got him for a net cost of £25million, I think the other teams are in trouble for the next few years, I really do.”
But making a move for Bale – or Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba – would virtually wipe out Chelsea’s transfer budget in one hit, which is why there will also be a clear-out.
Mourinho has also promised young midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek a first-team chance next year.
hey will be sensible in other areas of the squad, which explains a move for 28-year-old Guaita to replace Cech as back-up to Thibaut Courtois rather than a more expensive option.
Midfielder Nemanja Matic agrees Chelsea need to strengthen as the pressure will be even greater to retain the title, but says they plan to enjoy their football in the coming weeks now the pressure is off.
Matic said: “We are Chelsea and we know what we have to do to. Of course, next season is going to be more difficult for us. Everyone knows that we are champions, they will fight against us with more motivation.
“We deserve our next three games to play with a bit more freedom, we will try to enjoy – not just to enjoy, to play seriously as well.”
Chelsea Premier League 2014-15 timeline
Monday 18th August
Burnley 1-3 Chelsea: The Blues get off to a winning start
Saturday 30th August
Everton 3-6 Chelsea: Diego Costa announces his arrival as the striker the Blues have been missing
Sunday 21st September
Man City 1-1 Chelsea: It’s advantage Mourinho as the Blues take a point off the current champions
Sunday 5th October
Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal: Touchline fireworks between Mourinho and Wenger as Hazard sinks pretenders
Sunday 26th October
Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea: Didier Drogba shows he still has plenty to contribute to the champions elect
Saturday 8th November
Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea: Jose Mourinho once again gets the better of Brendan Rodgers as the Blues swat away last season’s surprise challengers
Saturday 6th December
Newcastle 2-1 Chelsea: The dream of going undefeated comes crashing down 15 games in
Thursday 1st January
Tottenham 5-3 Chelsea: The New Year starts in the worst way as Kane heaps the pain on Mourinho’s brain
Saturday 17th January
Swansea 0-5 Chelsea: Mourinho’s men reconfirm their superiority and shut up the doubters with a scintillating display
Saturday 18th April
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: Hazard bursts Louis van Gaal’s bubble as Blues take a giant step towards the title
Sunday 26th April
Eden Hazard is confirmed as the PFA Player of the Year
Sunday 26th April
Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea: Fabregas returns to the Emirates Stadium as Blues ensure their closest rivals won’t be able to catch them despite the ‘Boring, Boring Chelsea’ chants
Sunday 3rd May
Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace: Victory finally confirms Chelsea as champions with three games to spare