Mourinho plans double swoop on Chelsea

JOSE Mourinho is planning a double swoop on Chelsea this summer - with Ricardo Carvalho and Mikel John Obi in his sights in a combined �21million move.

JOSE Mourinho is planning a double swoop on Chelsea this summer - with Ricardo Carvalho and Mikel John Obi in his sights in a combined �21million move. (Daily Express)

Inter Milan chief Mourinho is hoping to capitalise on the uncertainty surrounding Chelsea at the end of this season, as the club waits for a new manager to take over, by swooping for some of the players he first signed for the Blues.

Centre-back Carvalho, 31, has played only two games in the last four months because of a hamstring problem, but Mourinho is set to offer around �6m for a player who is rated as one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

Inter have already had talks with Chelsea about Portugal star Carvalho who was one of the first players Mourinho signed - from his old club Porto - when he arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2004, and was a key part of the side he led to back-to-back league titles.


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Mourinho, who has also targeted �25m-rated midfielder Mikel, wants to move in and grab players before Chelsea's new manager - expected to be Carlo Ancelotti - gets in and becomes fully acquainted with his squad.

Chelsea will be reluctant to let Carvalho go but a potential replacement has already been lined up in Porto's �15m Bruno Alves.

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Carvalho's poor injury record this season will also be a factor, and with new arrivals sure to come in over the summer, the club could decide to cash in.

Inter have already had talks with Mikel's agent John Shittu, with the Italians offering about �15m.

Mikel, 22, was signed by Mourinho for Chelsea in 2006, but was expected to be offered a new deal by the club at the end of this season.

His current deal runs out in 2011 and he has been offered a highly lucrative five-year contract by Inter, having fallen behind Michael Essien and Michael Ballack under Guus Hiddink.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are confident they can hold off the advances of Barcelona and tie left-back Ashley Cole to a new deal. (The Guardian)

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