OH HOW we’ve missed you Mourinho.
The Special One is well known for doing things his own special way, and that extends from the touchline to the transfer market, but this week’s work will take some beating.
Despite a medical being completed and a transfer fee being arranged between Anzhi Makhachkala and Tottenham Hotspur for midfielder Willian, an 11th hour bid by Chelsea this week saw the Brazilian winger change his mind and agree a move to Stamford Bridge.
This is despite Chelsea owning more attacking midfielders than you can shake a Oscar, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle-shaped stick at – a strange move it seemed at first.
Rumours were rife that the swoop would allow Mata to become the bargaining chip needed to prise his top target Wayne Rooney away from Manchester United – which could still be a possibility.
But now it appears that Gareth Bale’s mooted £93m move to Real Madrid is on hold as Daniel Levy won’t let Bale leave without a replacement in the bag.
So the Willian move has messed with both Chelsea rivals Spurs and former employer Madrid’s dealings, and made his own business look much more likely too – talk about two birds with one stone, Jose.
IF HARRY Redknapp and QPR are quiet today, I’ll eat a hat made entirely of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.
So the news that, in the wake of losing both Nelson and Ferdinand, a defender is on the cards is really no surprise.
Defensive monolith Chris Samba is rumoured to be returning to these shores after a stint at Russian moneybags Anzhi Makhachkala and will net a massive £100,000-a-week wage for his troubles, should the deal go through today.
What is amazing however, is that the grizzled centreback is only 28 years old still!?!
He looks 45 if he’s a day.
QPR seem to have jumped the queue to sign monobrowed defender and winger Bosingwa – what a coup.
The swift defender, released by Chelsea this summer, had been courted by Inter Milan, Anzhi Makhachkala and Monaco – but the Portugal international has chosen to stay in London.
Another fine piece of sumer business by Mark Hughes, whose squad will surely avoid a relegation battle this season.
MONEYBAGS Russians Anzhi Makhachkala are continuing on their quest to sign up all the star players from Football Manager 2006 by raiding the Premier League for midfielders Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.
The club, who recently added Samuel Eto’o as the world’s highest-paid player to a roster already featuring Yuri Zhrikov and Roberto Carlos, are ready to hand the pair two-year contracts worth £13m a season each.
You can tell that the Russian side is new to this game – any Tom, Dick or Sven knows that Gerrard and Lampard can’t play together, it’s a well known fact.