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Eto'o deal almost done and dusted
Ba expected to be on his way as a result
With Chelsea not bothering to play with a recognised striker at Old Trafford on Monday, the Blues will attempt to rectify that on Friday by bringing back Fernando Torres for the Super Cup game against Bayern Munich at the Eden Arena in Prague.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho took a monumental risk by ditching Torres and Romelu Lukaku to the bench for the visit to Manchester United.
The fact that Chelsea got a 0-0 draw against the league champions will have silenced any critics, for now, but is something that will be a concern for the Chelsea hierarchy.
With Wayne Rooney opting to stay at United until at least the January transfer window, Chelsea have decided, as Chelsea-Mad revealed last week, that Samuel Eto'o is the man to lead the Blues to league and Champions League glory.
The 32-year-old Cameroon striker has lost a bit of his lightening pace but has a wealth of experience that he will need to draw on in the coming months.
Eto'o is expected to put pen to paper this week, subject to a medical on a one-year-deal with a further one-year option.
Torres will once again find he has a striker with a bigger reputation than him in front of him - he could not shake off Didier Drogba.
Demba Ba could move this week out of SW6 and back to Newcastle in a deal equal t the £7m the Blues paid for him in January.
One stumbling block would be his wages which could force the Toon to opt for a loan deal instead.
Ba is known to have a complicated arrangement in how he divvies up his salary and Newcastle will not want to be burden with that scenario and pay a hefty fee to Chelsea.
The transfer window closes on Monday.
Source: Chelsea MAD
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