Inter Milan have denied that they are holding talks with Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez, according to the Express.
The Serie A side had been linked with a move for both Torres and Javier Hernandez of Manchester United, though their president Erick Thohir has insisted that no talks have been held with either striker.
Torres has scored nine goals in twenty-eight club appearances this season, and forty-three in one hundred and fifty-nine since arriving at Stamford Bridge from Liverpool in January 2011.
Meanwhile, the Spain international is currently facing a spell on the side-lines with a muscular problem, the Daily Star understands.
The 29 year old missed Saturday afternoon’s win over Tottenham Hotspur after suffering an injury in the warm-up, and his manager has confirmed that he will miss at least “a couple of weeks”.
Torres’ absence may give Demba Ba an opportunity to add to the two goals he netted at the weekend.
The former Newcastle United and West Ham United man, who trebled his league tally for the season against Tim Sherwood’s men, has started just two top flight games so far this term but is determined to keep working hard as the Blues continue to challenge on two fronts.
With no other sides in the top four playing in the Premier League this weekend, Chelsea will be looking to increase their lead at the top as they take on fifth place Tottenham Hotspur.
The Blues, who will increase their unbeaten home league run under Jose Mourinho to seventy-five games if they avoid defeat, should have top scorer Eden Hazard available after he declared himself fit despite suffering an ankle injury in Belgium’s 2-2 draw with Ivory Coast.
Midfielder Marco van Ginkel, who is still some weeks away from returning to action, is Jose Mourinho’s only injury concern.
Chelsea can move seven points clear of both Liverpool and Arsenal, and nine clear of Manchester City if they take all three points though the latter will have three games in hand.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has hinted that he may make a move for Mario Balotelli at the end of the season, according to the Metro.
The AC Milan striker, who played under the Blues boss at Inter where together they won three league titles, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League, is reportedly unhappy with life in Italy leading to speculation that he could be set for a return to the Premier League.
Didier Drogba is relishing having the opportunity to face his former club tomorrow evening, as his Galatasaray side host Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League last sixteen clash, Sky Sports understands.
The Ivory Coast international enjoyed eight successful years with the Blues, which culminated in him scoring the winning penalty against Bayern Munich in the 2012 final of Europe’s top competition, while he also won three Premier League titles, three League Cups and four FA Cups.
However, whilst admitting the club will always have a special place in his heart, he has fired a warning to his old teammates saying that he will happy to get on the score-sheet.
Drogba also revealed that, following the draw he received a text from Jose Mourinho, the man who brought him to Stamford Bridge in 2004 saying, ‘it’s your moment, enjoy it’.
Elsewhere, AC Milan strker Mario Balotelli has refused to rule out one day returning to England amid links with a move to Stamford Bridge, according to ESPN.
The 23 year had previously stated that he would not play for another Premier League club having won the Premier League and FA Cup with Manchester City, but has now fuelled speculation that he could be set to reunite with Jose Mourinho, who he worked with in Italy with Inter Milan.
An injury time goal from club captain John Terry was enough to give Chelsea all three points against top-four hopefuls Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The result keeps the Blues in first place in the Premier League, after their three nearest challengers also secured home victories over the weekend.
Arsenal thumped relegation threatened Sunderland 4-1, Manchester City, like Chelsea left if late to beat Stoke City 1-0 and Liverpool edged out Swansea City in a seven-goal thriller on Merseyside yesterday afternoon.
Jose Mourinho’s men will now turn their attention to the first leg of the Champions League last sixteen tie against Galatasary on Wednesday evening, while they return to league action three days later with the short trip bottom-of-the-table Fulham.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan veteran Javier Zanetti has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to Stamford Bridge by insisting that he is happy at the Serie A club, Sky Sports understands.
The 40 year old full-back had reportedly been a target for his former manager Jose Mourinho, who was said to be considering offering the Argentinian a one-year deal with a view to him becoming a coach.
However, Zanetti has said there has been no talk of a possible transfer, and has assured Inter fans that he will be staying put.
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.
Ashley Cole is set to be recalled to the Chelsea line up for this evening’s Capital One Cup quarter final clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Branislav Ivanovic is suspended, so Cesar Azpilicueta is expected to switch to right back allowing Cole to return on the left.
Manager Jose Mourinho is expected to further rotate his squad with Monday evening’s trip to Premier League leaders Arsenal in mind.
This will be the second time the Blues have played the Mackems on their own patch in the space of two weeks, after the edged past them in a seven goal thriller in the league on December 4th.
Elsewhere, the club have been linked with a move for Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia when the transfer window reopens next month, according to the Mirror.
The Italy international has played in all but three of his side’s league games this season, but has been linked with a move away, with Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester United also reportedly interested.
Chelsea are also interested in securing the services of Inter midfielder Fredy Guarin, the Metro understands.
The club reportedly made an offer for the Colombian last week in an attempt to beat Manchester United to his signature.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to rotate his squad ahead of this evening’s Capital One Cup fourth round tie with Arsenal.
Juan Mata, Michael Essien, Demba Ba and Mark Schwarzer are all set to be handed rare starts, with Saturday’s trip to Newcastle United and Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Schalke in mind.
The Blues will be full of confidence having won their last three ties in this competition against the Gunners, including the 2007 final victory at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Mourinho lifted the trophy on two occasions during his first spell at the club, also beating Liverpool two years earlier while only Liverpool (eight) and Aston Villa (five) having won the competition more times than Chelsea (four).
Meanwhile, AC Milan manager Massmiliano Alegri has denied that Mario Balotelli is set to leave the club, following fresh reports linking him with a move to Stamford Bridge.
The Italy international played under Mourinho for two years at Inter Milan, where together they won two league titles, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League.
Finally, the Telegraph understands that mega-spending Ligue 1 side Paris Saint Germain are ready to reignite their interest in Juan Mata, who remains on the fringes of Mourinho’s starting XI.
Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal has urged Wesley Sneijder to accept Jose Mourinho’s offer and join Chelsea, the Express understands.
The midfielder has been long linked with a move to the Premier League, and was subject to a deadline day bid by champions Manchester United which was rejected by his current club Galatasaray.
However, Van Gaal is sure that the Blues remain interested in signing the 29 year old, who enjoyed his most successful spell under Mourinho at Inter Milan.
Sneijder scored his 26th international goal in the Netherlands’ 2-0 win in Turkey on Tuesday evening, and will be keen to feature at what would be his third successive World Cup finals next summer.
Meanwhile, the Express have also reported that the Blues are considering bids for promising French duo Gianelli Imbula and Eliaquim Mangala.
Midfielder Imbula, 21, has broken into the Marseille first team this season and got his first goal for the club in the 2-1 win over St Etienne last month.
Managala, a centre-back who has made over sixty appearances in all competitions for Porto, made his full international debut in a friendly against Uruguay during the summer, and has also been linked with Manchester United, Manchester City and Monaco.
Chelsea suffered their first Premier League loss of the season as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday evening.
A goal from birthday boy Steven Naismith on the stroke of half-time secured all three points for the Toffees, to give Roberto Martinez his first league victory since taking charge in the summer.
New signing Samuel Eto’o was handed his debut, and had opportunities to get on the score-sheet but was denied on each occasion.
Juan Mata was handed just his second start of the season, but was replaced by Oscar after 57 minutes.
The club will now turn their attention to Wednesday evening’s Champions League group opener against FC Basel.
Meanwhile, the Blues new striker has admitted that he was close to securing a move to Arsenal at the beginning of the century, the Daily Star understands.
At the time, the Cameroonian was struggling to hold down a place at Real Madrid, but it was fellow La Liga side Mallorca who swept in to secure his services.
The four time African Player of the Year went on to have spells at Barcelona, Inter Milan and Anzhi Makhachkala before moving to Stamford Bridge last month.
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Samuel Eto’o has revealed that his relationship with Jose Mourinho was once tense, but he is happy to be reunited with him at Stamford Bridge, Sky Sports understands.
Early in his career, the striker claimed that he would never play for a team led by Mourinho, before the pair worked together to great success at Inter Milan.
The 32 year old is set to make his second debut under Mourinho in tomorrow afternoon’s match at Everton, where the Blues will be hoping to take all three points, and reclaim top spot in the Premier League.
Willian, who like Eto’o signed from Anzhi Makhachkala last month, is also set to make his Chelsea bow at Goodison Park.
Eden Hazard could also feature despite taking a knock whilst on international duty with Belgium.
Romelu Lukaku will have to wait to make his Everton debut as he is ineligible to face his parent club.
Elsewhere, the Blues are considering a move for Sheffield United’s highly rated defender Harry Maguire, according to the Metro.
The 20 year old, who is also a target for Manchester United, has been hailed as ‘the new John Terry’ by Blades fans, was named his clubs Player of the Year in 2012.