Chelsea latest: Besiktas discussions, striker rumour rubbished & Jose £8k down

Samuel Eto'o

All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including Chelsea reportedly posting scouts at Porto and Besiktas interest in Samuel Eto'o.

Manchester United's Champions League elimination effectively makes Chelsea the only club in English football to be challenging on two fronts. Manchester City are gunning for the Premier League crown and they have already won the League Cup, yet their concentration now is solely on one competition.

The draw for the semifinal stage in Europe's premier club competition will be made tomorrow in Nyon, Switzerland under the charge of UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino, director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti and the ambassador for the final in Lisbon; Luis Figo. It is due to take place at 12:00 CET.

Three divisions are represented, with Premier League hopefuls Chelsea, local rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, while reigning and defending title holders Bayern Munich complete the pot.

Chelsea will likely have chief executive Ron Gourlay there.

Domestically, Jose Mourinho was hit with an £8,000 fine and given an FA warning over his future conduct due to his sending off at Aston Villa, last month.

An FA statement read: "Mourinho has been fined £8,000 and warned as to his future conduct following an independent regulatory commission hearing. Mourinho denied a breach of FA rule E3 in that his behaviour in re-entering the field of play and approaching the match referee [Chris Foy] in an attempt to speak to him, in or around the 90th minute of the game against Aston Villa on March 15, 2014, amounted to improper conduct.

"However, the charge was found proven at a personal hearing on Wednesday, April 9."

Throughout the season, Mourinho has bemoaned his lack of quality up front, yet there was a suggestion that Samuel Eto'o, whose contract expires on June 30, would be issued an extended deal. Reports today, though, suggest that Besiktas are in London to discuss a free transfer of the 33-year-old.

Eto'o has been Chelsea's most useful striker, scoring eight and assisting five from 1,180 minutes of Premier League football while netting thrice and assisting twice in Europe.

The Daily Mail, meanwhile, believe that Chelsea will not be concerned over losing Eto'o as they are posting scouts at a Europa League contest tonight in order to assess a potential replacement. Jackson Martinez, also wanted by Manchester United and Arsenal, will be analysed by the scouts but… there's only one problem with the rumour, Martinez cannot feature. He is banned. That's one for the transfer bin then!

And finally, Nemanja Matic told the club's official website that Lionel Messi is the hardest opponent he has had to compete against, while Napoli's Marek Hamsik also proved difficult. He added that the easiest training sessions are "always after the game when we just have to walk around the pitch!"

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