A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Jose Mourinho has several selection dilemmas ahead of Chelsea’s first game of the season against Hull City on Sunday. David Luiz is a slight injury doubt, whilst Victor Moses could miss out after a midweek trip to South Africa with Nigeria. Andre Schurrle and Marco Van Ginkel could making their debut.
Hull manager Steve Bruce could hand debuts to several new signings, with former Tottenham Hotspur pair Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore both in the match-day squad after completing their moves this week.
"I can say that, because I had experiences in three other countries, so I'm in good condition to say that this is my favourite competition and my favourite country to work in. I think I am in my natural habitat,” he said.
Mourinho also suggested that the standard of the best sides in the Premier League had fallen since his first spell at Stamford Bridge, and that any of six teams could be in the running for the title this season.
Chelsea are reportedly considering making a £25million bid for Porto striker Jackson Martinez are giving up on Wayne Rooney due to Manchester United’s insistence that the England international will not be sold. Martinez has a £35million release clause in his contract, but Chelsea hope to convince Porto to sell for less.
However Mourinho himself has suggested that Rooney is still Chelsea’s only target this summer, and said that they will continue to try and sign the Manchester United player until the end of the transfer window.
Samuel Eto’o is another striker that Chelsea have been linked with, but the Cameroon international will demand £300,000 a week according to agent, Peppino Terri, making a move unlikely. Eto’o could be available for a bargain price due to Anzhi Makhachkala’s decision to slash their budget.
On HITC today we ask if Mourinho will be able to win any trophies this season, and assess how much Everton’s Marouane Fellaini is worth after his release clause expired. We also look at whether Chelsea should sign Samuel Eto’o.
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