Chelsea have completed the signing of former midfielder Nemanja Vidic for a fee in the region of £20m, Sky Sports understands.
The 25 year old originally moved away from Stamford Bridge in 2011 as part of the deal that saw David Luiz arrive from Benfica.
He has returned on a five and a half year deal, and becomes the Blues first signing of the January transfer window.
During his first spell at the club, the Serbian international made just three substitute appearances before moving to Portugal.
He could make his second Chelsea debut in Sunday afternoon’s clash with Manchester United.
Meanwhile, the club have been boosted in their hopes of signing Southampton left-back Luke Shaw following the news that chairman Nicola Cortese has left the club, according to the Express.
The 18 year old has been linked with a move to a number of clubs though both Cortese and manager Mauricio Pochettino have dismissed any speculation that they will sell.
However, with rumours that the Saints boss will follow his former boss out of the door at St Mary’s, the Blues are waiting to pounce.
Finally, midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah has returned to the club following his loan spell with Nottingham Forest.
The England U21 international made twelve appearances for the East Midlands side, scoring twice.
The Mail Online understands that Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal that will see Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic return to Stamford Bridge, two-and-a-half years after he moved in the opposite direction.
The 25 year old was initially used as a makeweight in David Luiz’s transfer to Chelsea, and now looks set to return to West London with a medical expected on Tuesday.
During his first spell with the Blues, he made just three substitute appearances before spending a season on loan with Vitesse Arnhem – the Dutch club that currently has no fewer than five Chelsea players in their first team squad.
The Serbian international was part of the Benfica side that lost 2-1 to Chelsea in last season’s Europa League final, while he won the Portuguese League Cup the previous year.
Elsewhere, the club are set to partly finance their move for Matic with the funds they are due to receive from Wolfsburg for Kevin De Bruyne, according to the Mirror.
The Bundesliga side are set to complete ta £17m move for the Belgium international in the next few days.
De Bruyne has made just two starts for the Blues, having spent last season on loan with Werder Bremen.
Fernando Torres will miss this evening’s Champions League clash against Schalke with a leg injury.
The Spain international, who scored twice in the 3-0 win over the Bundesliga side in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge last month, is also set to miss Saturday’s game with West Bromwich Albion.
Ryan Bertrand is also unavailable; along with long term absentee Marco Van Ginkel.
Three points for Jose Mourinho’s men will see them tighten their grip on top spot, with third place Basel hosting Steaua Beucharest in Group E’s other game.
Meanwhile, Napoli have joined Chelsea in the race to secure the services of Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic, TalkSport understands.
Former Blues’ interim manager Rafael Benitez, who took the reins at the Serie A club in the summer, is keen to bolster his midfield options in January with moves for Javier Mascherano and Lucas Leiva also mooted.
Matic made three appearances for Chelsea before being used as a makeweight in the deal that brought David Luiz to Stamford Bridge in 2011.
Elsewhere, Mark Schwarzer has announced his retirement from international football.
The veteran goalkeeper is Australia’s most capped player having made 109 appearances since his debut – World Cup qualifier against Canada in 1993.
Real Madrid are considering a bid for Chelsea midfielder Ramires as they seek a replacement for Mesut Ozil, the Daily Star understands.
The Spanish giants shocked many by sanctioning Ozil’s £42.4m move to Arsenal on transfer deadline day, and despite bringing in a plethora of new midfielders themselves, Real are keen to secure the services of the Brazil international.
Ramires joined the Blues from Benfica in 2010, and has made 160 appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge, scoring 24 goals in all competitions.
Meanwhile, the club are set to offer Demba Ba as a makeweight in a deal to try and sign Burak Yilmaz from Galatasaray, according to the Express.
Reports in Turkey suggest the Jose Mourinho is keen on landing the 28 year old, who almost joined Lazio during the summer.
Arsenal and Liverpool are also said to be interested in Yilmaz, though Mourinho is hopeful that by throwing Ba into the mix, he can steal a march on their rivals.
Elsewhere, Michael Laudrup has revealed that Chelsea made an enquiry about his availability before bringing Jose Mourinho back to the club for a second spell, ESPN understands.
His brother Brian played eleven times for the club during the 1998/99 campaign.
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Barcelona are monitoring Juan Mata’s situation at Chelsea, following reports that the Spain international is unhappy at Stamford Bridge, the Daily Star understands.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claim that the two time Blues Player of the Year is uninterested with the limited role he is set to continue to play under Jose Mourinho.
Having made just one appearance for the club so far this season, the 25 year old was linked with a move away during the summer, with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester United all said to be interested.
However, it is the La Liga champions who are expected to make a move for the former Valencia man when the transfer window reopens in January.
Elsewhere, Brazil international Ramires has opened the door on a return to Benfica in the future, according to the Express.
The 26 year old, who moved to Stamford Bridge three years ago, has won the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League during his time with the club.
Finally, Malaga are planning to hijack Getafe’s move for former Blues midfielder Yossi Benayoun, TalkSport understands.
The Israel international was released by the club this summer after making just fourteen appearances in three seasons with the Blues.
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Jose Mourinho expects club legend Didier Drogba to one day return to the club possibly in a coaching capacity, ESPN understands.
The Blues boss brought the Ivory Coast international to Stamford Bridge back in 2004, with the striker going on to score 157 goals in 341 appearances, as well as the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
Drogba now plies his trade with Galatasaray, having spent a short spell in China with Shanghai Shenhua.
The 35 year old has one year left on his contract in Turkey but Mourinho believes that Chelsea will always be his true home, and has tipped him to return before too long.
Meanwhile, the club are considering a move for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, the Metro understands.
The Spanish giants are looking to raise funds as they prepare a fresh bid for Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale, and the Blues could take advantage by making a move for the Germany international.
Khedira is also likely to fall down the pecking order at the Bernabeu following the arrivals of Spanish duo Asier Illarramendi and Isco.
Finally, TalkSport have claimed that Napoli and Inter Milan have joined Benfica in the race to take Brazilian defender Wallace on loan.
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Chelsea are preparing themselves for a bid from Bayern Munich for defender David Luiz, according to the Metro.
Pep Guardiola wants the Brazil international to play in the heart of his defence as he aims to retain the league, cup and Champions League in his first season with the club.
The Spaniards former club Barcelona are also reportedly interested in the 26 year old, who the Blues paid £21m to Benfica for two years ago.
Meanwhile, the Express claim that should the transfer happen, the club could potentially move for Luiz’s international teammate Leandro Castan.
The Roma defender made 30 appearances in Serie A last season, with his last game coming in the 1-0 Coppa Italia final defeat to fierce local rivals Lazio.
Elsewhere, the club are lining up a move for Bayern Munich’s holding midfielder Luis Gustavo, the Mirror understands.
Jose he has identified the 26 year old, who is set to see his chances it the Allianz Arena limited following the arrival of Thiago Alcantara, as his top target in that position following reports that he has doubts over John Obi Mikel’s ability to play that role.
Finally, Fulham, Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic are all interested in taking eighteen year old defender Nathan Ake on loan, according to the Daily Star.