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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Chelsea are preparing a third bid for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, the Guardian understands.
Jose Mourinho remains keen on agreeing a deal for the 27 year old despite David Moyes insistence that the 27 year old is not for sale.
The Blues opening two offers – the latest of which thought to be around £25m – were rejected out of hand by the Premier League champions, meaning the former Everton man may now have to hand in a transfer record to force through a move.
The striker does look to be heading towards the Old Trafford exit door, after reportedly being asked to train away from the first team as the saga continues.
Meanwhile, Rooney has been named in Roy Hodgson’s squad for next week’s friendly against Scotland, along with Chelsea trio Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill and Frank Lampard.
Elsewhere, Nathan Ake has signed a new five year contract with the club after breaking into the first team last season, while Lucas Piazon is close to securing a loan move to Vitesse Arnhem.
Dutch centre-back Ake made six appearances last year, and is delighted to have signed the new deal, while Piazon is set to join fellow Chelsea youngers Gael Kakuta, Patrick van Aanholt and Cristian Cuevas at the Eredevise club.
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.