Ruud Gullit appraises Jose Mourinho's transfer market activity

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One former Blues boss comments on the current coach's market activity, taking note of all the latest Chelsea transfer news.

The purchases of predatory goal poacher Diego Costa and creative midfielder Francesc Fabregas represent excellent transfer business conducted by Jose Mourinho, according to former Chelsea player and manager Ruud Gullit, 51, who was speaking to Dutch publication Voetbal Zone.

The Blues finished in third place in the Premier League last term, four points adrift of champions Manchester City, however, that gap may have been sufficiently closed due to the aggressive transfer policy Mourinho has adhered to combined with the strength of the players he has signed.

"Jose is unaccustomed to not winning," commented Gullit, referencing a rare trophy-less season for the title-collecting Portuguese. "He wants to win something and this is the season for it. Especially with the selection that he has now."

Last term, Mourinho oft bemoaned the dearth of quality options available to him in attack. The Blues were blessed in attacking midfield, with Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Andre Schurrle able to create an abundance of chances yet there was not a spear-heading striker reliable enough to convert those opportunities into goals.

The last great physically-adept number 9 the club could brag was Didier Drogba, who has been re-signed in the current transfer window but it is the acquisition of former Atletico Madrid star Costa that will strike fear into opposition defences throughout the coming campaign.

Gullit continued: "He now has the striker he wanted so it's time for results. He wanted a player who could do what Didier Drogba has done for him in the past… Costa is a footballer with the same style: powerful and strong, with good technique. He is someone who constantly engages the opponent.

"Will Diego Costa will be successful in the Premier League? We'll see."

One player already experienced with life in the English division is former Arsenal captain Francesc Fabregas. Perhaps one of the greatest players available on the market this summer, Mourinho needed no second invitation to sign Cesc.

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"Fabregas moves continuously, scores goals and is a very hard worker," said Gullit, himself a goal-scoring attacking midfielder.

"Chelsea has become stronger and are a team who can do it [win the Premier League], it would be a surprise if they did not properly do it. With the players they have, they can attractive football. The point is that Manchester City has become stronger, Manchester United want to get better for the day and Liverpool have already purchased several players. Everyone has gotten better. "

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