Chelsea fans, good morning and welcome to the last round-up of the week - *breathes out.
Just in time for the resumption of the Premier League season, today’s round-up focuses on the latest rumours that might well impact upon Jose Mourinho’s plans for the forthcoming weekend.
Put your feet up, imagine it’s already the end of the working week and enjoy what’s below. Don’t forget to watch the video for the latest headlines, and leave comments in the box provided.
Just when it looked as though the international break hadn’t caused any problems for Chelsea, new fears have been established.
Reports today claim that Thibaut Courtois might be out injured for as long as four months, with his knee problem far more serious than first anticipated.
It might a glass half full sort of situation, but Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo are stating that he won’t play again in 2015. That’s contradicted in the British press, with the Mail relaying he’ll miss the next two months of action and The Sun saying he might be back by next month.
It’s one big Belgian mess, and we don’t really have a clear verdict regarding the timeframe, but you’ll be the first to know when we do.
Chelsea break the rules?
What we do know is that Everton boss Roberto Martinez has accused Chelsea of breaking transfer rules in their pursuit of John Stones.
Jose Mourinho tried and failed to sign the England international last month - he reportedly made a number of bids - and Martinez is less than happy with his conduct regarding the matter.
That will probably do little to deter Mourinho when it comes to trying to buy Stones in the future, but it’s news nonetheless.
Last but not least, Real Betis winger Joaquin has revealed how Mourinho tried to sign him during his first stint at Stamford Bridge, with the Special One even going to Cadiz - where the player lived at the time - in an effort to persuade him over the transfer.
The now-34-year-old rejected the Blues manager’s advances however, admitting that he had lost a significant opportunity both in financial and sporting terms.