Chelsea are ready to make a £40m bid for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, according to the Mail Online.
The Blues have been regularly linked with a move for the Spain international, who has scored twenty-four goals in La Liga so far this season, a record only bettered by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
There has been talk over a potential swap deal involving Thibaut Courtois, though it is unlikely that Mourinho will sanction such a transfer with the young Belgium international, who is in his third season on loan with Atleti, seen as a long term replacement for Petr Cech.
Fernando Torres has also been linked with a return to the Spanish capital, though with the La Liga leaders’ preference of buying young players with huge sell-on fees, Chelsea may be better suited to lodge a cash-only offer.
Meanwhile, Demba Ba has hinted at a move to Italy as he looks to heading towards the Chelsea exit door, the Mail Online understands.
The Senegal forward has managed just eleven goals since moving to Stamford Bridge from Newcastle United last January.
Ba has also suggested that there has also been interest from other clubs in England, where he would prefer to remain if given the right oppurtunity.
Chelsea will use the money they received from Manchester United for Juan Mata to try and beat them to the signature of Southampton defender Luke Shaw, according to the Mail Online.
With Ashley Cole now 33 and yet to be offered a new contract, the Blues are keen on bringing in the highly rated left-back while United are looking to continue rebuilding after breaking their transfer record at the weekend by bringing in Mata.
The club are still in a £20m profit this month despite bringing in Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah, and are confident they have the financial muscle to get a deal for Shaw over the line.
However, the Daily Star understands that the South Coast club have absolutely no intention of selling the 18 year old.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated that the Saints are keen to keep hold of all of their star players this month.
Elsewhere, reports in Spain suggest that an agreement has been made between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid for a swap deal for Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa, the Mail Online understands.
Courtois has spent the last three seasons on loan with the La Liga side, while Costa, who is currently the second top scorer in La Liga behind Cristiano Ronaldo, is wanted by a host of European clubs.
The Express understands that Borussia Dortmund have joined both Chelsea and Arsenal in the race to sign Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.
The two Premier League clubs are reportedly on the lookout for a new forward with the Gunners lacking in numbers in that area, and the Blues current selection of attackers somewhat misfiring.
However, Dortmund are said to have thrown their hat into the ring as they look for a replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who is set to leave last season’s Bundesliga and Champions League runners up at the end of the season, if not sooner.
Costa is currently the top scorer in La Liga with nineteen in seventeen appearances, ahead of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo by one goal.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan are keen on securing the services of Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata when the transfer window reopens, according to the Mirror.
The two time Blues player of the year has scored just one goal in all competitions this season, though he has largely played second fiddle to the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar under Jose Mourinho.
The 25 year old is unlikely to be allowed to move to another club in England, so a move abroad would be necessary as he seeks regular first team football ahead the World Cup finals.
Chelsea have gone top of Group E after beating Schalke 3-0 at the Veltins Arena yesterday evening.
The Blues took just five minutes to make the breakthrough, when Fernando Torres turned in a Bransilav Ivanovic corner that had been flicked on by Frank Lampard.
The Spain international, who was making his 100th start for the club, then doubled the visitors advantage with a simple finish following good build up play by Oscar and Eden Hazard.
Hazard himself then put the result beyond any doubt with three minutes to play, securing the Blues second win of their European campaign so far.
Jose Mourinho’s men will now turn their attention to Sunday afternoons clash with Manchester City where, should Arsenal slip up against Crystal Palace the day before, they could reclaim top spot in the division.
Elsewhere, the club are considering a move for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, according to the Mirror.
The 25 year old, who scored his eleventh and twelfth goals in his twelfth club appearance of the season yesterday – a 3-0 win over Austria Vienna, has also been linked with a move to Liverpool though Chelsea appear to be leading the race for his signature, though they will need to stup up around £35m.