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The Mourinho men

Petr Cech

In one of his last acts, the doomed Claudio Ranieri managed to convince Roman Abramovich to part with £7m for the 22-year-old shot-stopper. He will compete with Carlo Cudicini for the No 1 jersey and seems first option on the bench. Had a solid, if unspectacular Euro 2004 with the Czech Republic, but occasionally looked vulnerable dealing with crosses. A big presence (6ft 5in), his first season could be mentally testing. After all, he's not used to playing a subsidiary role, already having 21 caps for his country.

Arjen Robben

Burgled from under the noses of Manchester United, the Dutchman (pictured) was also a Ranieri acquisition. Only 20, he is an attacking and occasionally tricky left-wing, where he will vie for first-team action with Damien Duff. Bought for £12m, he has much to prove, but Sir Alex Ferguson had seen him as a replacement for Ryan Giggs, so Chelsea might have a talent for the long term.

Paulo Ferreira

You look at the amount paid, and you think that Porto would have wrapped Ferreira in cotton wool and delivered him personally to Abramovich's Stamford Bridge suite, cashing the £13.2m cheque at the earliest opportunity. For the right-back had a poor Euro 2004, featuring only in both Portuguese defeats by Greece, and he doesn't have anything particularly threatening about his game. However, he is only 25, and is liked by Mourinho.

Didier Drogba

Marseille's moneymen will have red-raw hands from recent mutual back-slapping. Bought for £4m from Guingamp last summer, Drogba has joined Chelsea for £24m after only one good season in the French league. Mourinho is adamant he can be the "new Thierry Henry", but the striker still represents a massive gamble. Above all, Drogba could be the biggest test of the manager's judgement, but he is equipped with the physical attributes to be a Premiership success.

Mateja Kezman

Abramovich dipped into his petty-cash box when he handed over £5m to PSV for this prolific scorer. In the last four seasons he scored 95 times, though it will be tougher in the Premiership. Kezman (pictured right) opened his domestic account against Oxford last week and is an interesting replacement for the prolific Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and disappointing Hernan Crespo. Has a real striker's presence in the box and, providing he settles quickly, could prove the bargain of Mourinho's new signings.

Tiago Mendes

The last of the Mourinho signings, Tiago is an attacking midfielder in the mould of Joe Cole, and has been similarly treated by his country, ie being selected on the big stage but given little chance to impress. An £8m signing from Benfica, again one feels Abramovich has paid an inflated amount, though he has brought on board a player whose work ethic is so demanded by the new man.

Going the other way...

In making room for the new faces, Mourinho has shown some players the door. Mario Melchiot joined Birmingham, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink went to Middlesbrough, Jesper Gronkjaer left for Birmingham, while Hernan Crespo (Milan), Sebastien Kneissl (Westerlo) and Juan Sebastien Veron (Internazionale) were loaned out. Winston Bogarde, Emmanuel Petit and Marcel Desailly were released; Mario Stanic retired.

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