Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho calls for transfer window to close before start of Premier League season
Transfer activity can continue until September 2 this year
Wednesday 21 August 2013
Jose Mourinho would rather the transfer window was closed but he will continue his pursuit of a new striker until the very end.
After having two bids for Wayne Rooney turned down, Chelsea, Mourinho insisted, "have plan B and plan C". Samuel Eto'o of Anzhi Makhachkala, who played for Internazionale under Mourinho, is a likely next option.
But the manager agrees with Alan Pardew's contention on Monday that the window should not run at the same time as the season. "The transfer window goes too far, into the third and fourth fixture of the season. I agree that it's too much."
Mourinho would not take sides in Pardew's argument that Arsenal's bid for Yohan Cabaye unsettled Newcastle. "There is not a guilty one," he said. "If you want to leave every one of us out of this strange situation, then close the window differently."
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food