Tottenham Hotspur are keen to sign Romelu Lukaku as they look to secure a top for finish next season, the Mirror understands.
The North London club look set to miss out on qualification for the Champions League this season, as they sit six points off the place having played more games than all of the sides directly around them.
The club are on the lookout for a new forward, and have made Lukaku, who is currently on loan at Everton, their number one target.
The Belgium international, who enjoyed a superb season at West Bromwich Albion last year, has hit twelve goals in all competitions for the Toffee’s this season – more than Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres or Demba Ba has managed, but is still not certain of a future at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku moved to the Premier League in August 2011 when the Blues bought him from Anderlecht, but he has made only a handful of starts for the club.
Newcastle United are also reportedly considering making a move for the 20 year old, with the North East club unlikely to be able to keep hold of Loic Remy, who has attracted interest from both Spurs and Arsenal.
Jose Mourinho will have almost a fully fit squad to choose from for tomorrow lunchtime’s visit of Everton, with John Terry expected to return to the Blues starting line-up after missing the last three games with a muscle injury.
Marco van Ginkel, who is out for the season with an ACL injury is set to be the only absentee, as the Premier League leaders look to open up a four point lead at the top.
Second place Arsenal face Sunderland at home later in the day, while Manchester City in third welcome Stoke City to the Etihad Stadium.
Roberto Martinez’s men, who themselves hold aspirations of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, ran out 1-0 winners when the sides met at Goodison Park back in September.
That was the Toffee’s fourth win in their last eight league meetings with Chelsea, who saw their unbeaten run of twelve games ended by Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup last weekend.
Romelu Lukaku, who is currently out injured, would be ineligible to face his parent club regardless.
The Belgium international, who is yet to make an appearance for the Blues, has scored nine goals in twenty appearances so far this season.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is confident he can wrap up deals for both Edinson Cavani and Luke Shaw before this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, according to the Mirror.
A striker and a left back are high on the Blues’ boss’s list of targets with his current selection of strikers struggling for consistency, and with Ashley Cole’s time with the club seemingly drawing to a close.
Cavani appears to be the club’s first choice striker, with Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney set to sign a new contract at Old Trafford while Shaw is expected to be pursued by a number a clubs come the end of the season, with Chelsea and United currently the front runners in the race to secure his services.
The Blues are expected to part-fund the deals by selling fringe players such as Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku, the latter of which is yet to play for the club having spent the last eighteen months out on loan first with West Bromwich Albion and then Everton.
There is also a doubt over three of the clubs senior players, with John Terry and Frank Lampard, along with Cole, not certain of new deals at the West London outfit.
Jose Mourinho has revealed that he blocked Demba Ba’s proposed move to Arsenal after the Gunners completed the signing of Germany international Mezut Ozil, the Metro understands.
The Blues boss believes that by signing the midfielder, who he worked with for three years at the Bernabeu, the North London club have emerged as title contenders.
Arsene Wenger’s inability to complete a deal for Ba leaves him with desperately short of out and out strikers, with Olivier Giroud and unproven France U20 striker Yaya Sanogo his only real options in that position.
Elsewhere, Everton’s Kevin Mirallas has revealed that he helped persuade international teammate Romelu Lukaku to move to Goodison Park for the rest of this season, according to the Metro.
The Belgium forward’s move on deadline was one of the surprise deals of the summer, with it expected that he would be integrated into the Blues starting eleven this term following an impressive spell at West Bromwich Albion.
The Belgium squad are currently together ahead of Friday evening’s World Cup Qualifier against Scotland, giving Mirallas the opportunity to convince the striker to once again leave Stamford Bridge on loan.
Finally, reports in Spain have suggested that Valencia failed in a bid to re-sign Juan Mata.
The two-time Chelsea player of the year was linked with a move away from the club this summer, but has remained as part of Jose Mourinho’s squad.
Chelsea did not make any additions to their squad on transfer deadline day, though they did sent a number of their players out on loan.
The most notable of those to secure a temporary move away from Stamford Bridge was striker Romelu Lukaku, who has moved to Everton for the remainder of the season.
The Belgium international’s last action in a Chelsea shirt was to miss the decisive penalty in last Friday’s Super Cup final defeat to Bayern Munich, while he also appeared in two of the Blues three Premier League games so far this season.
Mexico U23 midfielder Ulises Davila has moved to Cordoba, while Sam Hutchinson joins fellow Blues Gael Kakuta, Patrick van Aanholt, Cristian Cuevas and recent signing Christian Atsu at Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem.
The club managed to keep hold of Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Demba Ba, all of whom had been linked with other clubs throughout the summer.
Meanwhile, Victor Moses has told the Liverpool Echo that a chat with Daniel Sturridge helped persuade him to make the switch to Anfield.
The pair spent six months together at Stamford Bridge before England international Sturridge moved in the January transfer window.
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All eyes will be on Old Trafford this evening as Chelsea travel to face champions Manchester United in the first heavyweight clash of the new Premier League season.
The visitors will be without David Luiz, who has a hamstring problem though Romelu Lukaku may come in in attack, while United manager David Moyes must decide whether or not to play Blues target Wayne Rooney.
The sides met no less than five times last season, with Chelsea’s only defeat coming at Stamford Bridge last October, though they got their revenge in the reverse fixture in May, where Demba Ba scored the only goal of the game.
If the Blues take all three points, it will be the fourth time in five years that the club has won their opening three league games, though anything but defeat would see them remain on top of the table.
Meanwhile, the Mail Onlie understand that Atletico Madrid have made an audacious offer to sign Juan Mata on loan.
Barcelona have also been linked with a move for the Spain international, whose future at Stamford Bridge has been unclear since the return of manager Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United are also said to be interested in signing the two time Chelsea Player of the Year, potentially as part of a deal that would see Wayne Rooney move in the opposite direction.
Jose Mourinho could rotate his squad for this evenings match with Aston Villa with Monday’s match with Manchester United in mind.
Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, Demba Ba and Andre Schurrle are all pushing for starts, though David Luiz still remains side-lined with a hamstring injury.
In the corresponding fixture last season, the Blues ran out 8-0 winners, though with Villa on a high after Saturday’s win at Arsenal, the game is likely to be much less one sided this time around.
Elsewhere, the Blues are lining up a third bid for Wayne Rooney, according to the Express.
The Chelsea manager has not given up on landing his top transfer target before the window closes on September 2nd, though he has insisted that he has alternative options should he fail in his pursuit of the England international.
Meanwhile, the Express have also reported that Demba Ba is being lined up by Roma as a replacement for Erik Lamela, who is locked in talks with Tottenham Hotspur.
The 28 year old, who only moved to Stamford Bridge back in January, was an unused substitute in Sunday’s victory over Premier League newcomers Hull City and is the most likely player to make way once the club sign a new forward.
Jose Mourinho has just one injury concern for Sunday’s Premier League opener against Hull City on Sunday.
Juan Mata will face a late fitness test ahead of the game after suffering a slight knock, with the rest of the first team squad fit and vying for a starting berth.
Romelu Lukaku will be hoping to get the nod having returned from a season long loan with West Bromwich Albion, while Kevin De Bruyne and Michael Essien have also return after spending a year away from the club.
New signings Andre Schurlle and Marco Van Ginkel may feature at some stage, though Mark Schwarzer is expected to provide nothing more than back up to first choice goalkeeper Petr Cech.
The omens are good for the returning Blues boss, with the club unbeaten in the last sixteen opening day fixtures, and also unbeaten in their four fixtures against the Tigers in the Premier League.
However, in terms of statistics there is none more impressive than Jose Mournho’s home record in England’s top flight.
During his first spell with the club, the Portuguese manager was undefeated at Stamford Bridge and will be confident of maintaining that record as the Blues take on one of the favourites for relegation.
Barcelona are readying one final offer for Chelsea defender David Luiz, the Mirror understands.
The Catalan club are desperately trying to strengthen their back line ahead of their title defence, and have identified the Brazilian international as their top transfer target.
However, they are set to be disappointed, as the Blues have insisted that they are not willing to part company with the 24 year old, who has made over 100 appearances for the club since signing from Benfica back in January 2011.
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has declared himself fit for next weekend’s Premier League game against Hull City at Stamford Bridge.
The 35 year old, who may also feature in England’s friendly international against Scotland at Wembley on Wednesday, has missed the majority of Chelsea’s preseason with an Achilles injury.
However, he returned for the clubs 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid last Wednesday, before scoring a trademark long-range effort in the 2-1 win over Roma in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Romelu Lukaku did his chances of securing a starting berth for the season opener, after hitting a late winner – sparing new signing Mark Schwarzer’s blushes after the veteran keeper gifted the Italian’s an opener on twenty minutes.
Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou has told ESPN that he believes that the club will benefit strongly from the return of Jose Mourinho.
The Ivory Coast forward, who has recently been linked with a return to the Premier League, was bought by Mourinho in 2006, and went on to score sixty goals in two hundred and fifty-one appearances for the Blues.
“We all know what Jose can do,” Kalou said. “Jose can bring team spirit into a club and I think Chelsea at this moment need that.”
The forward also spoke highly of Romelu Lukaku, who is expected to feature for the club this season having spent the last campaign away on loan.
“He did well at West Brom and I think he can do the same at Chelsea,” Kalou says. “He has the ability, he is powerful and he can score goals. I think he is going to be amazing this year.”
Meanwhile, the club have had a second bid for Wayne Rooney rejected by Manchester United, the Express understand.
The England international may now hand in a transfer request to force through a move before the start of the season.
The Premier League champions maintain that the 27 year old, who has been ruled out of today’s friendly against AIK, is not for sale though with Rooney reportedly favouring a transfer, the saga is set to continue.