Queens Park Rangers have reportedly completed the transfer of former Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa. The Blues released the 29 year old Portuguese international earlier this summer and the former Porto player was linked to Catalan giants Barcelona and Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.
This news comes after QPR gave midfielder Joey Barton's squad number (17) to new signing Ryan Nelson, paving the way for the controversial England midfielder's rumoured loan move to French side Olympique Marseille. Barton is set to miss the first 12 games of the new Premier League season as disciplinary action for his red card during the final game of last season, against eventual champions Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has urged his team mates to challenge for all four major trophies this season. The reigning European champions were beaten 2-3 in their first competitive game of the season - the final of the Community Shield - by English champions City but Mikel wants his club to shrug off the defeat.
"We want to defend the Champions League. We want to win the Premier League and hopefully challenge for every cup. We don't want a repeat of last season when we slipped out of the top four but for us the top four is not the target. The most important thing is to regain the trophy. It hurts us that it was such a big gap (25 points) last season. We spoke about it. We don't want that to repeat itself. We want to compete with them (Manchester City and Manchester United) and you could see in the Community Shield, even with 10 men, we wanted to grind it out and get a result," he told the Telegraph.
The Nigerian midfielder declared himself delighted that Spanish striker Fernando Torres appeared to be finding his feet. The misfiring £50m signing gave the Blues the lead in the game against City but a red card for Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic meant Chelsea were always under pressure.
"You could see that in the Community Shield, the way he finished the chance he had and his movement as well, the way he tries to win back the ball. This is what we demand from him. We hope he's regained his confidence and that during the season he will come back and become the Torres we all know. When he has the chances and puts them away I think everyone in the team will love him," the 25 year old midfielder said.