Roma are considering moving for former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba when his contract expires at the end of the season, the Mirror understands.
The Ivory Coast international has been with Galatasaray since last January, scoring twenty goals in fifty appearances in all competitions, but is set to move on in the summer.
Drogba has previously spoke of his desire to one day return to Stamford Bridge, though the Serie A side, who are set to return to the Champions League after a three year absence next season, are reportedly set to offer the 36 year old a lucrative one-year deal.
Meanwhile, Zenit St Petersburg have given Brazilian striker Hulk the green light to move to the Premier League next season, according to the Express.
Jose Mourinho, who is almost certain to be in the market for a new striker in the summer, is a long-time admirer of the 27 year old, who has scored nine goals in fifteen league outings for the Russian champions so far this season.
Tottenham Hotspur have also been lined with a move for the former Porto man, with a price of £40m set to be enough to secure his services in the summer.
Jose Mourinho has announced that Ashley Cole will be left out of the Chelsea side that will face Arsenal on Monday evening, days after he was pictured at the Gunners’ Christmas party, the Mirror understands.
The Blues boss has not publicly criticised the England defender, who attended the evening with his old club on his free day, and has stressed that he may not have been selected anyway due to the form of Cesar Azpilicueta, who has played at left-back regularly in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk has insisted that he is committed to the Russian club despite continuous links with a move to Stamford Bridge, according to Sky Sports.
The Brazil international, who is keen to cement his place in former Blues boss Luis Felipe Scolari’s squad for next summer’s World Cup finals, has been a reported target of Mourinho’s in both of his spells as Chelsea manager.
However the 27 year old, who has ten goals in sixteen appearances so far this season, has said that he is keen to remain with Zenit as they attempt to conquer both domestically and in the Champions League, in which the face last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund in the last sixteen.
Chelsea striker Demba Ba has emerged as a target for Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, the Mirror understands.
The Senegalese forward has only been at Stamford Bridge for six months, though the arrival of Andre Schurrle, as well as the continued pursuit of Edinson Cavani has indicated that he is not in Jose Mourinho’s plans.
Ba has reportedly turned down the chance of returning to former club West Ham United, while West Bromwich Albion, who yesterday signed former Blue Nicolas Anelka, was another potential destination for the 28 year old.
Anzhi are likely to table a lucrative offer for the player, who scored six goals in twenty-two appearances for Chelsea last season after signing from Newcastle United in January.
Meanwhile, Galatasaray are resuming talks with the Blues over a £16million move for midfielder John Obi Mikel, according to the Mail Online.
The 26 year old has made over 250 appearances since signing for the club seven years ago, and will again link up with Chelsea legend Didier Drogba should the move go through.
Elsewhere, the Metro have reported that Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk has received offers from both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, as he targets a move to the Premier League.
Chelsea have beaten Manchester United in the race to sign Dutch international midfielder Marco Van Winkel from Vitesse Arnhem, the Metro understands.
The 20 year old is set to undergo a medical with the club ahead of the £8million transfer, and will become the Blues second new signing of the summer following the arrival of Germany striker Andre Schurrle.
Meanwhile, Brazilian striker Hulk has admitted that he would be happy to stay at Zenit St. Petersburg should an agreement with another club not be reached.
Chelsea have been linked with the 26 year old, who was part of Brazil’s victorious Confederations Cup squad last month, while Tottenham Hotspur and big spending Monaco are also said to be interested.
Elsewhere, the Guardian have reported that the club will make an improved offer for Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy.
Jose Mourinho is on the lookout for a backup for first choice Petr Cech after neither Ross Turnbull nor Hilario were offered new contracts, while Belgian international Thibaut Courtois has been allowed to extend his loan with Atletico Madrid for a further year.
The Canaries rejected a £5million bid last week, with it believed they are holding out for a fee closer to the £10million mark.
Chelsea have completed the signing of Germany international Andre Schurrle from Bayern Leverkusen for £18 million.
The 22 year old, who has been on the clubs radar for some time, becomes first signing of Jose Mourinho’s second spell as Blues manager.
Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has not been included as part of the deal, despite reports that he could be moving in the opposite direction.
Mourinho stated on Monday that he was keen to give opportunities to those Chelsea players who excelled on loan last season, namely De Bruyne and forward Romelu Lukaku.
Schurrle can play anywhere on the forward line, but has been used prominently on the left wing,
Meanwhile, Monaco are reportedly planning to scupper Chelsea’s approaches for Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk by launching a bid of their own.
The Brazilian international has been linked with a move away from the Petrovsky Stadium after a difficult first season in Russia; scoring just seven goals in eighteen league games.
Monaco’s spending appears to have no limit, with the newly promoted outfit having already signed Radamel Falcao, James Roddriguez and Joao Moutinho, all of whom are former teammates of Hulk.
The quartet played together at Porto during the 2010/11 campaign.
Jose Mourinho is preparing to face the media for the first time since returning to Stamford Bridge as manager.
The 50 year old last week signed a four year contract with the Blues, and his first press conference of his second spell will take place this afternoon.
It is nine years since Mourinho’s initial arrival in London, when he famously told the media that he was a ‘Special One’.
Discussions on the future of a number of squad will no doubt be on the agenda, as well as the several transfer targets the Chelsea have been linked with, not least the plethora of strikers rumoured to be moving to the club.
The Express claims that the Blues will bid around £90million for Edinson Cavani and Hulk, whilst the club have also been alerted to reports that Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski will not be joining Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.
However, the Express also understand that Belgiium international Romelu Lukaku will be part of Jose Mourinho’s plans for the forthcoming campaign, and so will not be loaned out again.
The 20 year old excelled during his season long spell with West Bromwich Albion, scoring seventeen goals in thirty-five Premier League appearances.
Chelsea’s search for a new attacker has intensified, with the Daily Mail understanding that four players are being approached by the club.
Zenit St Petersburg’s Hulk yesterday all but confirmed that there the Blues interest in him, saying at a Brazil press conference that he “would be lying” if he said Chelsea hadn’t made an approach.
Napoli president Aurellio de Laurentiis has confirmed that Chelsea have also shown interest in Uruguayan international Edinson Cavani.
The 26 year old scored 29 goals in 34 Serie A appearances last season, helping the Naples side to second in the division, their best finish since lifting the title in 1990.
Jose Mourinho is confident beating Juventus to the £25million signing of Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, while Edin Dzeko of Manchester City is another option.
The rumours throw the futures of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba into question, whist the Metro report that Player of the Year Juan Mata could also be sacrificed.
Elsewhere, Michael Essien has revealed that he is keen to reclaim his place in the Chelsea team following the return of Jose Mourinho.
The self-proclaimed Special One took Essien to the Bernabeu on loan last season, where he scored two goals in twenty-one appearances.
Chelsea have once again been linked with a move for Zenti St Petersburg forward Hulk.
The Mirror report that the Blues have turned to Brazilian after missing out on number one target Radamel Falcao, who last week signed for French Ligue 1 side Monaco.
The club were close to agreeing a deal for the player last summer but could not agree a deal with the 26 year olds then club Porto.
Hulk – real name Givanildo Vieira de Souza –has struggled since signing making the reported £50 million move to Russia a year ago, and it is thought that Zenit are ready to cut their losses.
The Blues are keen to recruit another striker, with Fernando Torres linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge and Romelu Lukaku potentially set for another loan spell to continue his development.
Edinson Cavani is still thought to be very much on the clubs radar, though Napoli are keen to keep hold of their prize asset.
Meanwhile, Germany international Andre Schurrle’s proposed move from Bayer Leverkusen has ‘not yet been agreed’ according to Rudi Voller.
However, the Bundesliga side’s general manager told Deutsche Presseagentur that they remain hopeful that a deal can be done.
Chelsea face a defensive selection headache ahead of tomorrow evening’s Europa League Quarter Final second leg with Rubin Kazan.
Gary Cahill is set to miss the game following knee surgery, while Ryan Bertand has a virus, and joins fellow left-back Ashley Cole on the side-lines.
As the clubs only fit left back, 18 year old Nathan Ake is expected to be handed his first start.
The Blues won the first leg 3-1 at Stamford Bridge a week ago.
Elsewhere, the Daily Star has reported that Jose Mourinho has already named his number one transfer target, should he be reappointed as Chelsea manager.
Brazilian striker Hulk, who has been linked with a move to London in the past, reportedly heads a list of targets chosen by the former Blues boss, who is odds on to retake the reins at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Swansea City will reportedly make a loan approach for striker Romelu Lukaku once his current deal with West Bromwich Albion comes to an end.
The Belgian international has stated that he wishes to spend another season away from the Blues in order to continue playing regularly.
Lukaku has scored 13 goals in 29 league appearances this season, with the Baggies looking set to achieve their highest ever Premier League finish under the guidance of former Blues defender Steve Clarke.
Zenit St Peteresburg forward Hulk has issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to Chelsea after becoming disillusioned with life in Russia.
Metro reports that the £40 million pound man has asked to be transferred at the end of the season after falling out with manager Luciano Spalletti.
The Blues have previously twice failed with bids for the Brazilian, who has managed just three goals in eleven league appearances with the Russian champions.
Meanwhile, The Sun have reported that Chelsea are currently in pole position to sign Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.
It was claimed earlier this week that the Ivory Coast international would leave the Etihad Stadium in the summer if he wasn’t offered an improvement on his current deal, thought to be worth £220,000 per week.
Real Madrid are also said to be interested in the 29 year old, who would cost around £22 million.
Elsewhere, Gael Kakuta has revealed that he is seeking a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge.
The 21 year old, who has barely featured for the Blues since signing in 2009, is currently on loan at Vitesse in the Netherlands, having previously had spells with Fulham, Bolton Wanderers and Dijon in his homeland.