All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea's interest in Wayne Rooney refuses to abate. Various newspaper reports indicate a third attempt at convincing Manchester United to allow personal terms to be negotiated between player and respective club are being readied by the Blues, however, depending on who you believe, that transfer bid will be anywhere between £30m or £40m.
Following Chelsea's opening Premier League victory, a 2-0 win over Hull Tigers nee Hull City, Mourinho reinforced his desire to add to his roster of strikers: 'We will try until the last day to add a new player to the squad, a striker, but in this moment every striker has a club, every striker belongs to somebody and I don't think it's ethical that I name players that belong to other clubs.'
Should David Moyes and United continue to reject Chelsea's overtures then the club may look at Bundesliga star Robert Lewandowski, or Cameroon hitman Samuel Eto'o. Jose Mourinho is also scouting another Belgium youngster, PSV forward Zakaria Bakkali. The player though is highly regarded and has also attracted the attention of Arsenal and Manchester City.
From fighting over transfer targets to fighting with fists... Dazzling Darren Barker, a middleweight technician and lifelong Chelsea supporter, fought for the IBF version of the world title at 160lbs over the weekend and emerged victorious despite being dropped to the deck due to a crippling Daniel Geale body shot. It was Barker's second attempt at a world honour having come unstuck against legitimate division ruler Sergio Martinez.
Barker, who has worn the club crest on his boxing trunks in past fights, will make an appearance on Chelsea TV... this writer speculates whether his popularity could grow to such an extent that he makes a world title defence at the Bridge, potentially against one of Britain and Ireland's many other top middleweights such as Matthew Macklin, Martin Murray or fellow Londoner Billy Joe Saunders.
There is still reaction following Chelsea's start to the 2013-14 season and the club's official website released a gallery of photographs. The official website of the Premier League published a number of statistics relevant to Stamford Bridge including, but not limited to, the following:
- Frank Lampard has missed two of his last three penalties in competitive action.
- Hull have lost 15 of their 20 competitive games against Chelsea, drawing five.
- Jose Mourinho has extended his unbeaten run in the Prem at Stamford Bridge to 61 matches.
Chelsea mainstay midfielder Frank Lampard, meanwhile, has identified why the club have failed to challenge for the title all the way to the season's end in past years as the squad have taken their foot off the gas. The Englishman credits Jose Mourinho for giving the club a buzz, but believes it's up to the team to maintain that for the next nine months.
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