Chelsea have slipped to third position in the Premier League after losing 3-2 to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Andre Schurrle put Jose Mourinho’s men in front on nine minutes before Peter Crouch drew the hosts level three minute before the break.
The host’s then took the lead five minutes into the second half through Stephen Ireland before Schurrle got his and the Blues’ second just five minutes later.
Then, in the final minute of the game, Oussama Assaidi fired in an angled shot to secure victory for Mark Hughes’ men, and consign Chelsea to their third league defeat of the season.
The club will now turn their attention to Wednesday evening’s match with Steaua Bucharest if the final round of Champions League group games, where victory will guarantee first place ahead of either Schalke or Basel who meet in Gelsenkirchen.
Meanwhile, the club are set to swoop for Monaco’s Radamel Falcao, according to the Daily Star.
The Colombia striker only moved to the Ligue 1 sidde in the summer and has scored nine times in fourteen games though Mourinho has been linked with a £60m bid as his current selection of strikers continue to misfire.
Chelsea are considering a £60m bid for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, the Mirror understands.
The Blues boss has been a long-time admirer of the 27 year old, and will cast an eye on him when Colombia take on Belgium in an international friendly this weekend.
Falcao secured a big money move to the Ligue 1 side in the summer after hitting 52 goals in just 67 La Liga games with Atletico Madrid.
This season, his nine goals in thirteen appearances has helped fire Claudio Ranieiri’s side to third place in the division as they look to secure Champions League football in their first season back in France’s top flight.
Chelsea’s forwards have managed just four goals between them in the Premier League so far this season, with Samuel Eto’o having scored twice, and Andre Schurrle and Fernando Torres chipping in with one each.
Midfielders Oscar and Eden Hazard are currently their top league goal scorers with four a piece.
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard is set to captain England in Friday’s match with Chile, according to the Express.
Steven Gerrard is set to miss out after sustaining a hip injury, so the all-time Blues top scorer will step in on the evening when he will also be recognise as their latest centurion.
Samuel Eto’o has ruled out a move to Chelsea by pledging his future to Anzhi Makhachkala, the Metro understands.
The Cameroon international linked with the switch to Stamford Bridge, where he would have been reunited with former boss Jose Mourinho, who he worked with to great success at Inter Milan during the 2009/10 season.
The Blues boss had reportedly lined up Eto’o as an alternative option to Wayne Rooney, who looks set to stay at Manchester United.
Nevertheless, the club are expected to line up a final, £40m move for the England international which, should that fail, would see Mourinho revive his interest in Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski, according to the Mirror.
The Polish international is in the final year of his contract at the Westfalenstadion, and is expected to move to Bayern Munich on a free transfer next summer though £40m is likely to be enough to persuade last season’s Bundesliga and Champions League runners up sell.
Meanwhile, Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, who has also been linked with Chelsea, has denied that he is about to quit Monaco according to the Express.
The 27 year old only moved to the Ligue 1 side three months ago, but was rumoured to be looking for a way out of his contract after proposals in Francois Hollande’s government to make footballers pay the top rate of tax.
Chelsea have completed the signing of Germany international Andre Schurrle from Bayern Leverkusen for £18 million.
The 22 year old, who has been on the clubs radar for some time, becomes first signing of Jose Mourinho’s second spell as Blues manager.
Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has not been included as part of the deal, despite reports that he could be moving in the opposite direction.
Mourinho stated on Monday that he was keen to give opportunities to those Chelsea players who excelled on loan last season, namely De Bruyne and forward Romelu Lukaku.
Schurrle can play anywhere on the forward line, but has been used prominently on the left wing,
Meanwhile, Monaco are reportedly planning to scupper Chelsea’s approaches for Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk by launching a bid of their own.
The Brazilian international has been linked with a move away from the Petrovsky Stadium after a difficult first season in Russia; scoring just seven goals in eighteen league games.
Monaco’s spending appears to have no limit, with the newly promoted outfit having already signed Radamel Falcao, James Roddriguez and Joao Moutinho, all of whom are former teammates of Hulk.
The quartet played together at Porto during the 2010/11 campaign.
Rafael Benitez has been appointed the new manger of Sere A side Napoli on a two year deal.
The 53 year old, whose spell as interim manager of Chelsea in about to come to an end, will replace outgoing manager Walter Mazzarri, who has joined Inter Milan.
Meanwhile, Colombian international Radmel Falcao is expected to finalise his move to Monaco today.
The striker had been linked with moves to both Chelsea and Real Madrid, but has opted for a move to former Blues boss Claudio Ranieri’s mega rich side, who have just been promoted back to Ligue 1.
However, reports in Spain suggest that the aforementioned sides who missed out on the 27 year olds services have been included in a clause which gives them first refusal if and when he moves on.
Elsewhere, Roy Hodgson has included John Terry’s name on a list of former England internationals to have announced their retirement, or international retirement during this season, despite rumours that the Chelsea captain could make a U-turn on his decision.
Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole are expected to start in the friendly against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley tomorrow evening.
Roy Hodgson’s men then travel to Rio de Janero to face Brazil on Sunday.
Chelsea are confident of securing a deal in the region of £46 million for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao this summer.
The Blues have been chasing the Colombian international for some months, and now believe they are close to completing the move, according to the Daily Mail, who also report that the club have turned down the opportunity to bid for Napoli striker Edison Cavani.
Meanwhile, the Express report that Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez has been lined-up as an alternative should the deal for Falcao break down.
The German international has struggled to hold down a first team place at the Allianz Arena, largely due to form of Mario Mandzukic, though he did score in Bayern’s 4-0 thumping of Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first leg last night.
Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle is also expected to complete a move to Stamford Bridge, after representatives of the Bundesliga club flew to London last week to finalise a deal.
Elsewhere, defensive due Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill have returned to the first team squad for tomorrow evening’s Europa League semi-final first leg with FC Basel.
Both have missed the best part of four weeks, but were been passed fit in time to fly to Switzerland this morning.
Reports in the Express claim that Chelsea have held a secret meeting with Atletico Madrid regarding the possible transfer of striker Radamel Falcao.
They say that Spanish TV station Punter Pelota claim the meeting resulted in an agreement that the Blues will pay roughly £5 million extra to secure the 27 year olds services.
The Colombian international, who has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge throughout the season, has hit 21 goals in La Liga this season.
Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid and Manchester City are also reportedly interested, though it is Chelsea who appear to have the edge.
Meanwhile, Talk Sport claim that the Blues are one of three London based clubs chasing Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo.
The 27 year old Spanish international has scored 20 goals in 30 appearances this season, and is also reportedly being monitored by Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Elsewhere, Chelsea will battle with Tottenham to sign Southampton left back Luke Shaw, according to Metro.
The paper claims that both clubs will table bids in the region of £16.5 million at the end of the season.
However, the 17 year old only signed a new deal at St Mary’s at the beginning of the year, and would be under no pressure to sell, especially if the retain the Premier League status.