All the news and gossip from the past 48 hours at Stamford Bridge.
Team news now ahead of the game with Manchester United tomorrow and the club do not have much to concern themselves with. Juan Mata and David Luiz have minor problems, but should be fit for the game.
Chelsea have finalised a deal to sign Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala. A work permit hearing on Wednesday will be the final stumbling block ahead of a deal, believed to be worth in the region of £30 million.
"Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with both Willian and his club Anzhi Makhachkala for the transfer of the Brazilian player.
"The transfer is subject to a work permit hearing on Wednesday."
It comes as Manchester United continue to play hard-ball over the future of Wayne Rooney:
"To me it is not a difficult decision because you want very much to keep Rooney or you don't want to keep him? But that old-fashioned mentality of, 'I don't sell players to clubs in the same country' - I think doesn't help.’’
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.
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. 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.
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