Chelsea transfers: Jose Mourinho plots striker signing in summer
Chelsea transfers: Jose Mourinho says the Blues won't sign an "emergency striker" in January but wait until the summer
Jose Mourinho has ruled out Chelsea signing an “emergency striker” before Friday’s deadline – but does expect the Blues to strengthen their attack in the summer.
The 51-year-old is content to rely on the three strikers currently at his disposal – Demba Ba, Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres – despite the trio failing to impress on a consistent basis this season.
We don’t sign a striker now as an emergency plan to score half a dozen goals to give us half a dozen extra points
But Mourinho, whose side face Manchester City on Monday, hinted that the west London side would look to sign a striker in the summer as part of his plans for the three-time Premier League winners.
Asked about the possibility of signing a striker, Mourinho replied: “No. But we know what we want. We don’t want to do things like emergency plans. It’s not our profile now.
“We know it’s difficult and will be very difficult, but our objective is to finish in a Champions League spot. That’s the competitive objective, because the greater objective is the improvement of the team and preparing the team for the future.
“To do something now as an emergency plan is not the best thing. The players we’re signing now are the right ones for our future: Nemanja Matic, Mohamed Salah, Kurt Zouma, a young kid for the future…
He added: “We don’t sign a striker now as an emergency plan to score half a dozen goals to give us half a dozen extra points, whatever they mean for us. So we’re waiting for the summer to do the right thing in that area. But no deals.
“We just know basically what we want, and we know what we want is impossible to get in this transfer window.”