Chelsea have completed the signing of former midfielder Nemanja Vidic for a fee in the region of £20m, Sky Sports understands.
The 25 year old originally moved away from Stamford Bridge in 2011 as part of the deal that saw David Luiz arrive from Benfica.
He has returned on a five and a half year deal, and becomes the Blues first signing of the January transfer window.
During his first spell at the club, the Serbian international made just three substitute appearances before moving to Portugal.
He could make his second Chelsea debut in Sunday afternoon’s clash with Manchester United.
Meanwhile, the club have been boosted in their hopes of signing Southampton left-back Luke Shaw following the news that chairman Nicola Cortese has left the club, according to the Express.
The 18 year old has been linked with a move to a number of clubs though both Cortese and manager Mauricio Pochettino have dismissed any speculation that they will sell.
However, with rumours that the Saints boss will follow his former boss out of the door at St Mary’s, the Blues are waiting to pounce.
Finally, midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah has returned to the club following his loan spell with Nottingham Forest.
The England U21 international made twelve appearances for the East Midlands side, scoring twice.
Liverpool are plotting to bid £8m for Ryan Bertrand when the transfer window reopens, the Metro understands.
Reds’ manager Brendan Rodgers is keen on bringing in cover for Jose Enrique, who is side-lined until February after undergoing knee surgery.
Bertrand has played just sixty-four minutes of Premier League football this season, with two other appearances coming in the Capital One Cup.
He has previously had loan spells with Bournemouth, Norwich City, Reading and Nottingham Forest but could now be set to secure a permanent move away from the club.
Should the 24 year old leave, the Blues may well step up their interest in Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriquez, who they are reportedly eyeing as a long term replacement for Ashley Cole.
Meanwhile, the club are in secret talks with Porto’s Jackson Martinez, according to ESPN.
Jose Mourinho is keen on bringing in a new striker in January, and has identified the prolific Colombia international as his top target.
The 27 year old moved to Europe last July, and has scored an impressive thirty-four goals in just forty league appearances, whilst internationally he has eight in twenty-five senior caps, and is almost certain to be involved at next summer’s World Cup finals.
Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle has said that he and his Germany side won’t take England lightly in tomorrow evening’s friendly international at Wembley, Sky Sports understands.
The 23 year old name-checked club teammates Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill and Frank Lampard, Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and Wayne Rooney of Manchester United as just some of the good players manager Roy Hodgson has at his disposal, whilst adding that Joachim Low’s side have much respect for their opposition.
Having gave three players their Three Lions’ debut in the 2-0 defeat to Chile on Friday evening, Hodgson is set name his strongest side tomorrow, with Blues defender Ashley Cole one of the seasoned internationals likely to return.
If selected, Cole will become the nation’s sixth most capped international outright and former England striker Stan Collymore believes that he will get the nod ahead of Everton’s Leighton Baines as the first choice left back in Brazil next summer.
Elsewhere, Patrick Bamford has been called into the England U21 squad for tomorrow’s game against San Marino, according to Sky Sports.
The as yet uncapped 20 year old, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Nottingham Forest last January has been in great goal-scoring form since moving to MK Dons on loan twelve months ago.
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Galatasary are lining up a January move for Chelsea captain John Terry, the Mail Online understands.
Manager Roberto Mancini is keen to strengthen his squad when the transfer window reopens as he looks to close the gap between themselves and leaders Fenerbache.
The centre of their defence is the key area the former Manchester City boss is looking at and Terry, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is reportedly his number one target.
Bar a brief loan spell with Nottingham Forest at the beginning of the century, the former England skipper has spent his entire career with the Blues, racking up almost 600 appearances for the club.
During that time, the 32 year old has captained the club to twelve major honours, and in 2005 was named the PFA Player of the Year.
Elsewhere, Ramires has insisted he is happy with life at Chelsea amid reported interest from Real Madrid, according to ESPN.
Former Blues’ boss Carlo Ancelotti is keen on signing the midfielder, who he took to Stamford Bridge in 2010 and whilst flattered the Brazil international has stressed that it will be the clubs decision if he is to move on.
Chelsea welcome local rivals Fulham to Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s late kick of in the Premier League, desperate to end their four match winless streak.
Nevertheless, the Blues are guaranteed to fire themselves into the top two, if only for the evening, with four of the five teams above them not playing until Sunday.
Manager Jose Mourinho has no injury concerns ahead of the game, but could well make changes to the side that lost to Basel on Wednesday evening.
Meanwhile, Paris Saint Germain coach Laurent Blanc has confirmed his sides interest in signing Juan Mata, the Express understands.
The Spain international, who has started just two of Chelsea’s six games so far this season, has been tipped to leave the club in January with Tottenham Hotspur a potential destination for the 25 year old.
However, Blanc’s words have suggested that the mega-rich Ligue 1 side will make a move when the transfer window reopens.
Elsewhere, Nathaniel Chalobah has joined Championship side Nottingham Forest until January.
Mourinho is keen for the 18 year old, who excelled during a season long spell with Watford last term, to gain further first team experience before he introduces him into the fold at Stamford Bridge.