Chelsea latest: Including favourable CL draw, Eto'o signed and Atsu linked

All the latest news and gossip from the past 24 hours at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have been given a favourable draw for the Champions’ League Group Stages. The club have Schalke, FC Basel and Steaua Bucharest in their group - all three of which Chelsea will feel comfortable of beating.

Chelsea have signed Cameroonian international Samuel Eto’o on a one-year deal. The veteran forward has signed from Anzhi Makhachkala on a free transfer after Anzhi changed their policy in high earners at the club.

Eto’o will now reunite with Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, with whom he has previously worked with at Inter Milan.

Eto’o will now compete with Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba for a starting spot.

Chelsea should be tying up a deal for Porto winger Christian Atsu this week. The Ghanaian has been linked with plenty of moves to the Premier League over the past two years. But despite links with Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton it appears that Chelsea have won the race with a bid in the region of £3.5 million.

Demba Ba is reportedly being offered back to Newcastle United by Chelsea. It is believed they could send him back to St James Park on loan after the club signed Eto’o from Anzhi.

The fee involved would be a £3 million payment but they also have interest in Europe from the likes of AS Roma and Rubin Kazan.

Chelsea’s first-team coach Steve Holland will join the England under-21 staff for the upcoming qualifiers against Moldova and Finland. Holland has an excellent record in terms of youth development at Crewe Alexandra and at Chelsea.

‘’I'm delighted that we will have the input and experience of someone of Steve's calibre joining us for these two games. He brings a great knowledge of coaching, working with some of the very best young players over a long period of time.’’

John Obi Mikel will be going nowhere this summer. The Nigerian has been linked with plenty of moves in recent weeks - as he appears to be down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho.

But one of his representatives has confirmed he will stay for the foreseeable future.

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