It appears that Barcelona will no longer be in the hunt for David Luiz. It has been reported all summer that the club will be going for a new centre back - to add depth to a position where they are widely considered weakest.
However the manager Tata Martino has stated that is not true, as Carles Puyol approaches full fitness:
"I know what the club was doing before I came here and what they wanted, even with Tito here. What I say is that as long as (Carles) Puyol is fine - and he will be because his recovery is going well - with Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Marc Bartra, Adriano or Sergio Busquets as centre-backs, we are fine. If we have an injury, there is always the winter transfer window."
Chelsea will make Manchester United a final £40 million bid for Wayne Rooney this week, in an attempt to bring the England international to Stamford Bridge. Rooney has been Jose Mourinho’s number one target all summer, but he is prepared to consider other options, should Manchester United continue to say Roo is not for sale.
It is reported this morning that Mourinho will want to splash the cash on Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski.
Lewandowski’s contract expires in 12 months, but he is believed to have a gentlemans agreement with Bayern Munich about a Bosman switch to Bavaria next summer. However, Dortmund would love to sell him to Chelsea and not their Bundesliga rivals.
Finally, and Chelsea will have to do battle with both Inter Milan and Napoli if they want to get hold of Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o this summer. The Anzhi star is one of many foreigners at the Russian club up for sale and Jose Mourinho previously worked with him at Inter Milan, which is believed to be an advantage in his transfer race.
However a return to Serie A, where he would be considered more of a long-term option, seems to be the biggest threat to any Eto’o arrival in South West London.
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