Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed suggestions he has been personally scouting wingers to bring to the club. The 52-year-old was a spectator during Ukraine's 1-0 defeat to Spain in their final European Championship qualifier on 12 October, sparking suggestions he was casting an eye over potential signings ahead of the January transfer window.
Spanish newspapers Sport and AS speculated the manager was there to take a closer look at Andriy Yarmolenko, who is likely to line up against the Blues when they take on Dynamo Kiev in their Champions League clash on 20 October.
Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu was also in attendance that night and recently claimed Mourinho was actually at the Kiev Olympic Stadium to look at Sevilla winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.
But speaking to the press ahead of the Champions League match, the Blues boss insisted his only interest that night was watching his Chelsea charges Cesc Fabregas, Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro Rodriguez in action for Spain.
"Of course I wasn't looking at other players," Mourinho said, the Mirror reports, before listing off the club's already healthy list of wingers at his disposal. "We cannot make a collection of wingers."
Chelsea's current wide options consist of Eden Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Brazilian youngster Kenedy and Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore. The club also still have Juan Cuadrado on their books, who is currently on a season-long loan at Serie A champions Juventus.
However, Sport suggests Yarmolenko is firmly on the Blues' radar. The Spanish publication claims Mourinho has rekindled his interest in the winger having tracked his progress since his time as Real Madrid manager. The Portuguese reportedly opted against bringing the player to the Santiago Bernabeu initially as he felt the Ukraine star was too young.