A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
David Luiz is a doubt for Chelsea’s trip to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday night, with the Brazilian defender still suffering with the hamstring problem that kept him out of the matches with Hull and Aston Villa. Jose Mourinho could rotate his other options, with Romelu Lukaku possibly being given his first start of the season.
Manchester United will be missing right-back Rafael, and Nani, Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez are all also unlikely to take part in the match, Whether Chelsea target Wayne Rooney will play is another key decision for David Moyes.
The Manchester United manager reiterated his stance again today that Rooney would not be sold this summer despite the striker apparently being keen to leave. Moyes also said he was relishing the chance to take on Mourinho’s Chelsea.
Chelsea are on the brink of signing Anzhi Makhachkala playmaker Willian, who had looked set to join Tottenham Hotspur until last night. Willian will cost around £30million, and will leave the Russian side just months after joining them from Shakhtar Donetsk in January. Willian scored twice for Shakhtar against Chelsea in the Champions League group stages last season.
There had been speculation that Juan Mata might leave due to Willian’s arrival, with Chelsea now boasting a surfeit of excellent attacking midfielders, but Mourinho was quick to quash rumours the Spaniard would be sold.
“He is a player we all like, he is a player we want to keep. We want more quality in the team, not less,” Mourinho said.
“Juan is not a player we want to lose.”
Along with Willian, there have been reports today that Chelsea will try and sign Samuel Eto’o from Anzhi, and that the Blues would offer the striker £4million a year. Eto’o is currently the highest paid footballer in the world and also reportedly a target for Real Madrid and Manchester City.
On HITC today we ask if Chelsea’s move for Willian is an indication that Mourinho is wary of the threat Spurs might pose this season, and we report on Marko Marin’s successful start to life on loan at Sevilla.
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