As the FA Cup final dropped the curtain on the 2006-07 season for Chelsea and Manchester United, they began to consider plans for the 2007-08 season.
The importance of Ivorian striker
, scorer of the Wembley final's only goal, and Nigerian John Obi Mikel
, who had a huge game in midfield,
to Chelsea in the final underscored its need to add reinforcements. Drogba, Mikel, Ivorian Salomon Kalou
should be unavailable for three weeks next winter when they compete at the 2008 African Nations Cup in Essien's Ghana.
During his team's injury-marred campaign, Chelsea
manager Jose Mourinho
complained that he wasn't given the reinforcements he needed this winter to overtake Manchester United in the English Premier League
Mourinho is looking to sign three new players -- a defender, midfielder and a striker -- for the coming season. In addition, he wants to tie up captain John Terry
(the subject of rumors he wants to leave) and midfielder Frank Lampard
(able to move to the club of his wishes -- Barcelona? -- for
a set fee of $16 million under FIFA's transfer guidelines) to long-term contracts.
To pay for Chelsea's new players, it is expected to sell three other players, but they will not include
or Michael Ballack
, chief executive Peter Kenyon
Radio on Sunday.
Shevchenko has been rumored to be headed back to AC Milan. Ballack also failed to live up to expectations in the EPL. Both didn't play in the FA Cup on Saturday because
Meanwhile, Manchester United is reported to have reached a transfer agreement with Bayern Munich for Canadian-born England midfielder Owen
, Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer
said on Sunday.
"Owen is leaving," Beckenbauer told the DSF television network. "That was the
player's wish. It's a good match and it's also a good deal financially."
Bayern will reportedly get 25 million euros ($33.75 million) for Hargreaves -- a figure Beckenbauer said was "in
the range"and would be the highest fee ever for a Bundesliga player.