Chelsea have moved a step closer to securing a deal for Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle after the Bundesliga club’s general manager revealed that a fee has been agreed.
The 22 year old is set to move to Stamford Bridge for a deal that will cost the Blues a reported £20 million and see Kevin De Bruyne move in the opposite direction on loan.
Schurlle, who came on for the last twenty minutes of Germany’s 4-2 in Ecuador, scored eleven goals in thirty-four league appearances last season.
Meanwhile, the Daily Express have reported that Rafael Benitez is considering making a £30 million bid for David Luiz.
It is thought that the new Napoli manager will battle with Barcelona for the Brazilian international, who signed from Benfica in January 2011.
Elsewhere, the Daily Mail claim that Florent Malouda is wanted by Marsielle, who are reportedly lining up a one year deal, with an option of a further year.
Corinthians and Anzhi Makhachkala are also considering a move for the Frenchman, who spent the whole of last season training with the reserves.
Finally, Thibaut Courtois has taken to Twitter to declare that he wishes to remain on loan at Atletico Madrid for another year.
With Petr Cech expected to remain as the Blues number one for at least another season, the Belgian international may be permitted to extend his stay in the Spanish capital, where he helped Diego Simeone’s side clinch the Copa del Rey against rivals Real Madrid a fortnight ago.
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.
With all the recent talk being about players heading to Chelsea, the Daily Mail has reported that up to nine players could leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
The most likely to depart from the club appear to be midfielder Florent Malouda, who hasn’t made a single appearance for the Blues this season, and Paulo Ferreira who has fallen down the pecking order in recent years.
Third choice goalkeeper Henrique Hilario is, along with Frank Lampard and Fernando Torres, highly likely to depart according to the paper, who also predicts that Yossi Benayoun, Marko Marin, Michael Essien and Jeffrey Bruma will be moved on.
Meanwhile, Thibaut Courtois has told Spanish press that he wants to stay with Atletico Madrid once his loan deal with the club has expired.
The Belgian shot-stopper, who at the weekend broke the record for the longest run without conceding at the Calderon, is due to return to London in the summer.
Finally, the club will find out when their FA Cup quarter final replay with Manchester United will take place later this week, with the decision hinging on the result of the Europa League last sixteen second leg with Steaua Bucharest.