Chelsea suffered their first Premier League loss of the season as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday evening.
A goal from birthday boy Steven Naismith on the stroke of half-time secured all three points for the Toffees, to give Roberto Martinez his first league victory since taking charge in the summer.
New signing Samuel Eto’o was handed his debut, and had opportunities to get on the score-sheet but was denied on each occasion.
Juan Mata was handed just his second start of the season, but was replaced by Oscar after 57 minutes.
The club will now turn their attention to Wednesday evening’s Champions League group opener against FC Basel.
Meanwhile, the Blues new striker has admitted that he was close to securing a move to Arsenal at the beginning of the century, the Daily Star understands.
At the time, the Cameroonian was struggling to hold down a place at Real Madrid, but it was fellow La Liga side Mallorca who swept in to secure his services.
The four time African Player of the Year went on to have spells at Barcelona, Inter Milan and Anzhi Makhachkala before moving to Stamford Bridge last month.
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Chelsea have completed the signing of Cameroon international Samuel Eto’o, according to BBC Sport.
The deal sees the former Barcelona and Real Madrid man reunited with manager Jose Mourinho, who he played under for Inter Milan during their treble winning 2009/10 campaign, and appears to signify the end of the club’s pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
The Blues have had two bids for the England international rejected by the Premier League champions, and are now unlikely to table a third offer before the transfer window closes on Monday evening.
Eto’o, who has signed a one-year contract at Stamford Bridge, became the world’s best paid footballer when he moved to Russia two years ago though he taken a large pay-cut to move to the Premier League.
He is the second player to swap Makhackala for West London this week, after Brazil international Willian was granted a work-permit to secure his own move to Chelsea.
However, neither have travelled with the squad for this evenings Super Cup final against European Champions Bayern Munich in Prague.
The 26 man party does include David Luiz and Tomas Kalas, neither of whom have featured so far this season having suffered hamstring and leg injuries respectively.
Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto’o, the Mail Online understands.
The Cameroon international is expected to sign a one-year deal worth around £7m on Thursday, in a move that will see him reunited with manager Jose Mourinho, who he played under during Inter Milan’s treble winning 2009/10 campaign.
Eto’o will also take a £10m-a-year pay cut to join up with the Blues, after Anzhi had made him the best paid player in world football when they signed him two years ago.
The deal all but confirms the end of the clubs pursuit of Wayne Rooney, who looks likely to remain with Manchester United.
Elsewhere, former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has confirmed that he will not be retiring, the Daily Star understands.
It had been thought that the 34 year old was ready to call time on his career following the death of his close friend and agent Eric Manasse.
Meanwhile, while the Blues wait to see who they will be drawn against in the group stages of the Champions League, the club have discovered their opponents in the third round of the League Cup.
Jose Mourinho’s men will travel to Swindon Town in the week commencing 23rd September.
Chelsea are on the verge of completing a deal for Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto’o, the Express understands.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been linked with the man who played for him during Inter Milan’s treble winning season of 2009/10, after being unable to complete a deal for top target Wayne Rooney.
Eto’o, who’s agent was in the stands for Monday’s goalless draw with Manchester United , is thought to have agreed personal terms with Chelsea, who have bettered the offer of the Cameroon strikers former club Inter Milan.
Meanwhile, the Express have also reported that the Blues appear to be winning the race to sign Porto winger Christian Atsu.
Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are also interesting in the 21 year old, who has recently entered the final year of his contract with the Portuguese champions.
Elsewhere, Newcastle United are attempting to resign Demba Ba on loan before Monday’s transfer deadline, according to the Mail Online.
The Senegal international scored 29 goals in 54 appearances for the North East club before Chelsea met his release clause back in January, but has failed to make a real impression since moving to Stamford Bridge.
He was left out of the match day squad for Monday’s game at Old Trafford, where Mourinho opted to start without a striker, and had Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku on the bench.
Chelsea have entered the race to sign Brazil international Willian, Sky Sports understands.
The 25 year old appeared to be on the verge of securing a move to Tottenham Hotspur, but the Blues have moved to hijack the deal with a bid of their own.
Liverpool have also been linked with the Anzhi Makhachkala man, though he seems almost certain to be moving to London.
Meanwhile, Manchester United have reportedly made an informal inquiry to Chelsea regarding the availability of Juan Mata.
The Spain international was an unused substitute in last weekend’s Premier League opener against Hull City, though he did start against Aston Villa on Wednesday evening.
It is unclear whether the contact for Mata is part of the on-going Wayne Rooney saga, with rumours suggesting that the pair could be involved in a swap-deal.
However, the Mail Online claim that United will reject a third bid for Rooney, if and when it is made by the Blues.
Chelsea have so far been rebuffed in their pursuit of the 27 year old, who has been linked with a move away from the Champions all summer.
The two sides meet at Old Trafford on Monday evening, and a renewed offer is not expected until after that match.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is adamant that the club will reject any bids for defender David Luiz, Sky Sports understands.
The 26 year old is a reported target for Barcelona, who are desperately trying to strengthen their defence ahead of their La Liga title defence.
They have also been linked with a move for Liverpool’s Daniel Agger, though Luiz appears to be their first choice.
However, the Blues boss has stressed that the Brazilian is a big part of his plans, as he prepares for the first competitive game of his second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Elsewhere, the club will face competition from Manchester United in their pursuit of Anzhi Makhachkala forward Samuel Eto’o, according to the Mirror.
The 32 year old has spoken of his desire of again linking up with Jose Mourinho, who he played under at Inter Milan during their treble winning 2009/10 campaign.
The Blues have turned their attention to the Cameroon international as their chances of securing a deal for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney seem to be all but over.
Manager David Moyes has stood firm over the England international, with United rejecting both of Chelsea’s bids for the England international.
Chelsea may be able to sign Anzhi Makhachkala’s Samuel Eto’o for as little as £5m, the Guardian understands.
Jose Mourinho has been searching for a new striker all summer, but looks increasingly unlikely to secure a deal for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney after seeing both of their bids for the England international knocked back.
Eto’o has recently spoken of his admiration for his former employer, who he played under at Inter Milan during their treble winning campaign of 2009/10.
Meanwhile, West Ham United are keen to secure a deal for Demba Ba, according to the Daily Star.
Ba began his Premier League career with the Hammers, for whom he scored seven goals in just twelve appearances before moving to Newcastle United in June 2011.
If the club are able to add a new striker before the transfer window closes on September 2nd, they could well allow the Senegal international to move on, though having laid out £22m on Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing, West Ham are likely to pursue a loan deal.
Finally, teenage duo Lucas Piazon and Wallace have both secured season-long loan moves to Vitesse Arnhem and Inter Milan respectively.
Wallace is yet to make his debut for Chelsea, while Piazon, who will link up with fellow Blues Gael Kakuta, Patrick van Aanholt and Cristian Cuevas at the Dutch club, made his one and only league appearance so far as a cameo in the 8-0 victory over Aston Villa last December.
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Samuel Eto’o has been speaking of his admiration for Jose Mourinho, amid speculation linking the former Cameroon international with a move to Stamford Bridge.
The 32 year old has reportedly been lined up as an alternative to Wayne Rooney, should Manchester United refuse to part company with the England international.
Eto’o spent the 2009/10 season playing under Mourinho at Inter Milan, where together they won the Serie A title, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League.
The Blues were made aware of the strikers availability after it was revealed that Anzhi Makhachkala were attempting to move on some of their big earners in order to comply with UEFA’s financial fair play rules.
Meanwhile, Dani Alves has spoken of his desire for his friend and international teammate David Luiz to join him at Barcelona.
The Catalan club, who are looking to strengthen their back-line ahead of their title defence, recently had a £30m bid for the defender rejected by the Blues and are reportedly lining up an improved bid.
However, Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he wants to keep hold of the 26 year old, who has scored 12 goals in 109 appearances since signing from Benfica in January 2011.
Chelsea have rejected a bid of around £35m from Barcelona for defender David Luiz, according to the Express.
The Catalan clubs are desperate to tighten up their defence, after their frailties were exposed last season, none more so than in the 7-0 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.
Luiz, who they have linked with all summer, was the La Liga champions’ top target though Jose Mourinho has insisted that the Brazil international is not for sale.
Meanwhile, the Express have also reported that the Blues are lining up a double raid on Anzhi Makhachkala, with the club considering bids for Samuel Eto’o and Willian.
The Russian club are set to change the way they do business, and are looking to trim around £50m a year from their budget.
The Chelsea manager knows Eto’o’s qualities only too well, with the pair winning the treble together at Inter Milan, while winger Willian has stressed that he wants to play in the Premier League, and is likely to jump at the chance should the Blues come calling.
Finally, the club lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the final of the International Champions Cup final in Miami in the early hours of Thursday morning UK time.
Chelsea are bracing themselves for a bid from Barcelona for defender David Luiz, the Mirror understands.
The La Liga champions have been linked with the Brazil international all summer as they look to recruit a new centre half.
The Catalan clubs defensive frailties were exposed last season, none more so than in the 7-0 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.
Bayern, who went on to win the competition, yesterday ruled themselves out of a move for Luiz, though Blues boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that the 26 year old is not for sale.
Nevertheless, Barcelona are reportedly lining up a £30m offer, with the hope that new signing Neymar can help tempt his international teammate to move to Spain.
Elsewhere, Chelsea are on alert after Brazil international Willian expressed a desire to quit Anzhi Makhachkala, according to the Metro.
The 24 year old has stressed that he wants to play in the Premier League, and is likely to jump at the chance should the Blues come calling.
Meanwhile, midfielder Josh McEachran could be set for a loan move to La Liga side Real Sociedad, the Mail Online understands.
The 20 year old spent last season with Middlesbrough, though the North East club have declined the chance to take him for the forthcoming campaign.