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Rumours - Mourinho in for Ashley Cole and Essien

Published: 27 May 2010 - 07:01:04

Jose Mourinho has apparently wasted no time in delivering a shopping list to Real Madrid, and according to Spanish newspaper Marca he's put Ashley Cole and Michael Essien at the top of it.

Cole has been linked to Madrid in the past, but the arrival of his former Chelsea boss Mourinho could make the rumour a reality. Add to that the tabloid frenzy surrounding his ongoing divorce with Cheryl, and 'Cashley' has plenty of motivation for escaping the UK.

Mourinho has made no secret of his admiration for Cole, whom he rates among the best full-backs in the world.

Another Chelsea star on Mourinho's list is Michael Essien - who was a key player for Chelsea during the Special One's reign. Essien, like Cole, has struggled with injuries this season, and could be ready for a fresh start at the Bernabeu.

And what are the odds on Marco Materazzi following Mourinho to Real from Inter. If you need convincing, take a look at this clip.

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Meanwhile, Fernando Torres refused to commit his future to Liverpool yesterday - continuing the transfer saga that looks set to run all summer.

Torres is a wanted man, with Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City and being tipped for a mega-money bid.




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