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Blues crash out of Capital One Cup

Jose Mourinho will not be repeating the success of his first season in his first spell as Chelsea manager, as the Blues lost the League Cup quarter final with Sunderland after extra time at the Stadium of Light.

The visitors dominated the majority of the ninety minutes, and took the lead when Lee Cattermole turned into his own net just after the break.

Former Chelsea forward Fabio Borini then drew the hosts level late on to send the game into extra time, and with the tie heading towards a penalty shoot-out, Ki Sung Yueng thumped in the winner for Gus Poyet’s men.

The Blues will now turn their attention to Monday evening’s clash with Premier League leaders Arsenal, where victory will see them top the table for Christmas, should Liverpool fail to beat Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon.

Last night’s result has led to Mourinho claiming that he may rethink his attacking approach, while he may still add another striker when the transfer window reopens next month.

The Metro understands that Porto’s Jackson Martinez and Christian Benteke of Aston Villa are both options as his current front line continue to struggle.

Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, Andre Schurrle and Samuel Eto’o have just sixteen goals between them in all competitions this season.

Benitez interested in Ba reunion

Napoli are considering a move for Chelsea striker Demba Ba, the Daily Star understands.

The Serie A runners up, managed by former Blues interim manager Rafael Benitez,  are looking for bring in two new strikers having cashed in on Uruguay international Edinson Cavani, with their other top target thought to be Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain.

Ba has failed to reproduce the form he showed at previous club Newcastle United since moving to Stamford Bridge just six months ago, and could be allowed to move on as Jose Mourinho attempts to sign a new centre forward.

Aston Villa had reportedly been interested in signing the Senegal international, though with Christian Benteke having put pen to paper on a new deal at Villa Park, any potential move is now unlikely to happen.

Meanwhile, the Chelsea are hoping to end speculation over Juan Mata’s future by offering him a lucrative new contract, according to the Metro.

The two times Blues Player of the Season has been linked with both Barcelona and Manchester United this summer.

Elsewhere, the Daily Star have reported that the club have signed promising Chilean star Cristian Cuevas.

The 18 year old left back, who can also play on the left wing, recently featured in the Under 20’s World Cup and has signed a five year deal at Stamford Bridge.

Ivanovic open to Suarez signing

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has admitted that he wouldn’t have  a problem if the club were to sign Luis Suarez, according to the Mail Online.

The Liverpool striker, who is currently serving a ten match ban for biting Ivanovic when the two sides met at Anfield in April, has been strongly linked with a move away from Merseyside this summer.

Real Madrid and Arsenal are currently the favourites to land the controversial striker, though with Jose Mourinho keen to add another striker before the start of the season, the Blues could well enter the race for his signature.

The Chelsea manager is however more likely to make an approach for Wayne Rooney, something which would be welcomed by midfielder Eden Hazard, the Mail Online understands.

The Belgium international said that Rooney ‘would be a brilliant signing’, though David Moyes has insisted that he is not for sale.

Hazard also spoke highly of his international teammate Christian Benteke, who recently requested to leave Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, fellow Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku has once again stressed that he is not willing to go out on loan again next season.

The 20 year old is determined to establish himself under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

Villa interested in signing Ba

Aston Villa will consider moving for Chelsea’s Demba Ba if they sell want-away striker Christian Benteke, according to the Daily Star.

Benteke handed in a transfer request earlier this week, and will be allowed to leave should a club meet Villa’s asking price of £25million.

Ba only moved to Stamford Bridge six months ago, but it is thought that the Senegal striker is not part of Jose Mourinho’s plans for the forthcoming season.

Meanwhile the Express have claimed that the Blues will move for Wayne Rooney, if they sell either Ba or Fernando Torres.

New Manchester United manager David Moyes has said that the England international is not for sale, though both Chelsea and Arsenal are said to be interested following reports that the striker is unsettled.

Elsewhere, the Independent understands that Daniele De Rossi’s move from Roma to Chelsea is ‘all-but-agreed’.

The Italian midfielder was targeted by Jose Mourinho when both he was charge of both Inter Milan and Real Madrid, though it looks as if he may finally get his man for a fee of £11million.

Finally, the Mail Online have reported that Monaco have joined Turkish duo Galatasaray and Trabzonspor in the race to sign Blues midfielder John Obi Mikel.

Chelsea sign Schwarzer

Chelsea have announced that they have signed verteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on a one year contract.

The Australia international was released by local rivals Fulham last month following the arrival of Maarten Stekelenburg, and will provide competition for first choice shot-stopper Petr Cech.

Schwarzer came to England seventeen years ago with Bradford City, but moved to Middlesbrough after playing just thirteen games for the Bantams.

In eleven and a half years in the North East, the 40 year old racked up nearly 450 appearances, including the 2004 League Cup final victory over Bolton Wanderers.

A move to Craven Cottage followed, where he missed only a handful of games in five years, making him the only overseas player to have turned out over 500 times in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, the club will have to pay £30million if they are to have any chance of securing the services of Aston Villa’s want-away striker Christian Benteke.

The Blues are one of a number of clubs to be linked with a move for the Belgian international, who scored nineteen goals in his debut season in the Premier League last year.

The 22 year old handed in a transfer request earlier this week.

Barcelona make Luiz bid

Barcelona have made a bid of £30m for David Luiz, though Chelsea will refuse to sell him at that price, according to the Mirror.

The La Liga champions are looking for a long term successor for centre-back Carlos Puyol, who turned 35 in April, and they have identified the Brazilian international as their number one target.

Luiz arrived at Stamford Bridge back in 2011, and has been tipped as a future Blues captain, but the temptation to join the Catalan club, where he would link up with international teammates Dani Alves and Neymar, may prove too strong should a fee be agreed between the two clubs.

Meanwhile, the club will reportedly battle with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the signature of Christian Benteke, who has handed in a transfer request at Aston Villa.

The 22 year old scored 23 goals in his debut season in Enlgand, and will be allowed to leave should Villa’s valuation of him be met, according to a statement from the club.

Elsewhere, Norwich City have rejected an improved bid from Chelsea for goalkeeper John Ruddy.

The Blues saw their initial bid of £5m turned down last week, and were again knocked back yesterday having reportedly offered the Canaries an extra £1m.

 

PSG close in on Cavani

Chelsea are set to miss out on signing Edinson Cavani as the Napoli striker looking set to secure a move to Paris Saint Germain, according to the Express.

The Uruguayan has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for some time, with Real Madrid also reportedly interested though the Ligue 1 Champions are set to trump both clubs with a £55m offer, which will activate the players released clause.

They mega-rich club are also willing to offer the 26 year old £200,000 per week as they look to make an impression on next seasons Champions League.

Elsewhere, the Express also claim that the Blues are also set to be disappointed in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski who, according to manager Jurgen Klopp, will move to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich next summer.

The Metro understand that the Blues will now turn their attention to Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke, who scored nineteen goals in his debut season in England, while Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is also still on the clubs radar, according the Express.

A move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has also been mooted, though David Moyes has stressed that the England international is not for sale.