Mourinho: Chelsea will wait till after World Cup to sign players


The transfer window opens up at the beginning of July, while the World Cup in Brazil doesn’t end until July 13th. When the transfer window does open up, the tournament will already be in the knockout rounds and most of the teams will be out of the tournament.

Despite that, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says the team will wait until after the conclusion of the tournament to pursue players in the transfer window.

“Since the market will be open until 31st August, like it is, I think it will be more of the same,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “I think people (will) wait for the World Cup, wait for the first reaction of the first team, wait until after something happens.

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“At Chelsea, the manager is the same, the basic structure of the team is the same, we don’t need the season to finish and the results of the season make the decisions about what we need and what we don’t need.

“Everything was done during the season, we knew perfectly what we wanted and I don’t think we have huge work to do during the summer really.”

Of course there are reports that Chelsea have already been working to get Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa. From the Mirror:

"According to reports in Spain, Chelsea have wrapped up the transfer after agreeing to meet the striker’s £32million buyout clause.Costa has also accepted personal terms on a five-year contract, with the move set to be formally announced at the end of the season."

That would contradict Mourinho’s wait till after the World Cup plan, but with a striker like Costa that they’ve been chasing for months they might be making an exception in his case. Costa is also a coveted target and other clubs like Paris Saint-Germain could be looking to get involved. That additional pressure might have forced Chelsea to get a deal done since Costa has always been a target and they don’t need to see anything in the World Cup from him.

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