Chelsea have accepted defeat in their pursuit of Wayne Rooney.
Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to sign the England international, with two bids already tabled for his signature. It has been suggested that the 27-year-old is keen to make the move to the capital club, having fallen out with Sir Alex Ferguson last season.
However, new Manchester United boss David Moyes continues to insist that his former Everton charge is not for sale, at it appears as though his counterpart at Stamford Bridge has finally accepted the message. Speaking after the Blues lost the UEFA Super Cup to Bayern Munich on penalties, Mourinho revealed he was no longer in the hunt for Rooney, with the acquisition of Samuel Eto’o from Anzhi Makhachkala ensuring he now has the relevant options in attack.
“It’s the end. We have a good group,” said the Portuguese when asked if there would be any more signings ahead of the 2 September deadline. “Samuel will give us other kind of qualities in attack. He is an experienced player in a team that needs some experienced players.”
Eto’o, the 32-year-old Cameroon international, is the fifth new signing for the UEFA Europa League holders, following Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel, Cristian Cuevas, and Mark Schwarzer.