Chelsea have reportedly completed a move for Samuel Eto’o of Anzhi Makhachkala, effectively ending any pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. Mourinho, who worked with Eto’o previously at Inter Milan, believes Chelsea need an extra striker in order to be competitive this season.
It is reported that the deal will remain secret until after the Bank Holiday fixture between United and Chelsea, with Mourinho hoping uncertainty will help to unsettle Wayne Rooney for the tie.
However, despite reports of an imminent third bid for Rooney, Chelsea are now said to have agreed a £2 million fee with the Russian outfit for the Cameroonian’s signature.
He will be the second player to arrive from Anzhi next week - with £30 million man Willian also set to be unveiled after he receives a Work Permit.
But that is in direct contrast to reports in The Sun this morning. They suggest that Jose Mourinho has not yet given up on signing Rooney - and has asked the board to sign off a £40 million bid to tempt Manchester United into selling the England international - despite stating all summer that he is not for sale.
Reports in the Metro today suggest that the arrival of Willian could spell the end of Andre Schurrle’s Chelsea career - despite the German international only signing for the club this summer.
In an opinion piece, they suggest that Schurrle may now find himself way down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge after the Brazilian’s arrival - and that his ability to play up front is an ancient necessity from his time with Mainz.
With a World Cup coming up in 2014, Schurrle will need regular football to be a part of the German national team, which may now elude him at Chelsea.
It is also worth remembering, that although Schurrle was officially Mourinho’s first ever signing, the deal was already in place before he arrived back at the club. Willian was never truly believed to be available this summer, until everything hit the skids at Anzhi, and if Chelsea had known Willian would have been available, perhaps Schurrle would never have been a target in the first place?
In that respect, he could be sent out on loan at some point this season.
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