Real Madrid have confirmed that they will part company with head coach Jose Mourinho next month.
The announcement further enhances the possibility of the 50 year old returning to Stamford Bridge for next season, with bookmakers now making The Special One a 1/20 chance to become the next Blues boss.
The news will be welcomed by top scorer Fernando Torres, who told the London Evening Standard that “every player” wants to play under Mourinho, who originally left the club in 2007.
Incidentally, Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola is next in the line with the bookmakers at a best price of 28/1, ahead of his Watford side’s participation in next Monday’s Championship play-off final against Crystal Palace at Wembley.
Meanwhile, Napoli forward Edison Cavani could move to Manchester City in a deal that would see Edin Dzeko and a fee move in the opposite direction.
Cavani has also long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but it appears that City currently have the edge.
Elsewhere, midfielder Florent Malouda has revealed that the will be moving on, having revealed that he will be playing first team football elsewhere next year.
The 32 year old spent the whole of last season in the reserves after a dispute with the clubs hierarchy.
John Terry and Eden Hazard have travelled with the Chelsea first team squad ahead of Wednesday evening’s Europa League final, despite concerns over their fitness.
Both players were injured in Saturday’s win at Aston Villa, but have been included in the 25 man party, along with Jon Obi-Mikel, who has recovered from a hip injury.
Meanwhile, reports in Germany claim that Kevin De Bruyne has agreed personal terms on a five year deal with Borussia Dortmund.
Representatives of the Champions League finalists were at Villa Park on Saturday, where they were believed to also be watching Villa’s Christian Benteke as a potential replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who has been linked with a move to England.
Elsewhere, reports in Italy claim that the Blues are close to finalising a deal for Napoli striker Edison Cavani.
The reports come after Chelsea’s number one attacking target Radamel Falcao is believed to be moving to Monaco, who with all of their millions, have recently been promoted back to France’s Ligue 1.
Finally, Jose Mourinho, widely believed to be returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer, is the second favourite behind Malaga’s Manuel Pellegrini to become Manchester City’s new manager, after Roberto Mancini was sacked yesterday.
Chelsea are confident of securing a deal in the region of £46 million for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao this summer.
The Blues have been chasing the Colombian international for some months, and now believe they are close to completing the move, according to the Daily Mail, who also report that the club have turned down the opportunity to bid for Napoli striker Edison Cavani.
Meanwhile, the Express report that Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez has been lined-up as an alternative should the deal for Falcao break down.
The German international has struggled to hold down a first team place at the Allianz Arena, largely due to form of Mario Mandzukic, though he did score in Bayern’s 4-0 thumping of Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first leg last night.
Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle is also expected to complete a move to Stamford Bridge, after representatives of the Bundesliga club flew to London last week to finalise a deal.
Elsewhere, defensive due Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill have returned to the first team squad for tomorrow evening’s Europa League semi-final first leg with FC Basel.
Both have missed the best part of four weeks, but were been passed fit in time to fly to Switzerland this morning.
Napoli have put a price tag of £60 million on long time Chelsea target Edison Cavani.
The Uruguayan international has hit twenty goals in twenty-six Serie A appearances this season, and has been linked with a summer move to one of Europe’s elite.
However, following initial reports of considerably lower figure, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed the 26 year olds buy-out clause.
Meanwhile, fellow Blues target Neymar has named Chelsea as one of his preferred destinations should he leave Brazilian side Santos.
The highly rated 21 year old, who has already scored over 100 league goals in his short career, listed Chelsea alongside Real Madrid and Barcelona when discussing his desire to one day play in Europe.
Elsewhere, the Daily Star have reported that the club have placed a £17 million price tag on Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
The 20 year was loaned to Atletico Madrid a week after signing for Chelsea in 2011, and has been one of their star players in the La Liga side’s pursuit of Champions League football for next season.
Finally, after reaching 200 goals for his club, Frank Lampard has set his sights on another remarkable landmark – 100 appearances for England.
The midfielder, who is currently on 94 international caps, is part of Roy Hodgson’s squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.