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Mourinho to test Chelsea’s resolve with summer bid for Terry

| 27.04.2011

Jose Mourinho is considering an audacious bid in the summer that would see him renew his partnership at Real Madrid with John Terry.

Terry and Ricardo Carvalho formed an outstanding partnership at the heart of the Chelsea defence for Mourinho as he led the club to back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006.

Mourinho was quick to pounce when Chelsea agreed to sell Carvalho in the summer and the Portuguese international has looked like a £6.6m bargain with a string of fine performances.

Now, the former Chelsea boss wants the other half of the defensive duo and La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that he is confident he can force the Londoners to sell.

Chelsea would be extremely reluctant to sell their skipper as he has played for the club for his whole career.

However, Terry turns 31 later this year and there have been question marks this season that he is not quite as effective as days gone by, especially as he is continually troubled by back problems and nerve issues in his right leg.

This may encourage Chelsea to cash in while Terry can still fetch a big transfer sum, particularly as they recently signed David Luiz from Benfica.

Furthermore, there is a strong possibility that Mourinho will make a double swoop on his former club and attempt to bring Didier Drogba to the Bernabeu.

With Emmanuel Adebayor unlikely to be offered a permanent deal and Karim Benzema already known not to be one of Mourinho’s favourites, there is every chance that Real Madrid will sign a striker.

Drogba is likely to be sold by Chelsea in the summer as the club consider a major overhaul to the squad.

Terry and Drogba will be in the Chelsea team that faces Tottenham next and it is 8/15 in the Premier League odds that they lead them to victory.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.