Aston Villa are keen to secure a permanent deal for Ryan Bertrand when his loan spell is complete, the Mirror understands.
The England full back swapped London for Midlands back in January, joining up with Paul Lambert’s side for the rest of the season.
He has made seven Premier League appearances since arriving at Villa Park, having made just ten in the whole of 2013 for Chelsea, just one of which coming since Jose Mourinho returned to the club.
The 24 year old has two years left on his contract with the Blues, but is understood to be open to the idea of moving on.
He is unable to feature in the game against his parent club this weekend, but is confident that he can help the side achieve a top half finish for the first time in three years, according to Sky Sports.
Meanwhile, the Daily Star understand that the club are yet to open talks with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois regarding his future, according his father.
The Belgium international is currently enjoying a third successive season with La Liga title challengers Atletico Madrid, and is reportedly wanted by both Atleti and their city rivals Real on a permanent basis.
Chelsea remain without Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic for Sunday afternoon’s visit of Premier League champions Manchester United.
The pair are unlikely to return until later this month, so Ashley Cole is set to continue at left back with Cesar Azpilicueta playing on the right.
New signing Nemanja Matic could be included to make his second Blues debut, ironically in place of David Luiz, the man for whom the Serbia international was used as a makeweight to land in 2011.
The sides played out a goalless draw at Old Trafford back in August, while there last meeting at Stamford Bridge ended in a 1-0 win for the Blues in the quarter finals of the FA Cup.
Last season’s corresponding league match was won by United in October 2012, while Chelsea won in extra time when the sides met in the League Cup four days later.
Meanwhile, Ryan Bertrand has been loaned to Aston Villa for the rest of the season, Sky Sports understands.
The full back has been used sparingly this season, making just one appearance in the Premier League, and two in the League Cup.
He could make his debut tomorrow afternoon when Villa travel to Anfield to face Liverpool.
Chelsea are planning to make a £30m bid for Wayne Rooney if he fails to sign a new deal with Manchester United, according to the Mail Online.
The Blues made two bids for the England international during the summer, but were rebuffed on both occasions.
However, despite being a rare star performer in David Moyes’ stuttering side, the 28 year old is stalling over a new contract, something which has alerted Jose Mourinho.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are set to fail in their pursuit of Ryan Bertrand due to the lack of game-time Victor Moses has had since moving to Anfiled on loan in the summer, the Mirror understands.
The full-back is likely to secure a temporary move away from Stamford Bridge this month, with Fulham also reportedly interested in securing his services.
The England international, who is currently struggling with a knee injury, has made just one Premier League appearance under Jose Mourinho.
Elsewhere, Crystal Palace are the latest side to be linked with a loan move for out-of-favour striker Demba Ba, according to the Mirror.
Eagles boss Tony Pulis is keen on adding more firepower to his squad, as he looks to guide the side to Premier League survival.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is likely to rotate his squad for Sunday afternoon’s trip to Derby County in the third round of the FA Cup.
The Blues impressed in the league over the Christmas period, taking ten points from the twelve available after beating Southampton, Liverpool, Swansea City and drawing 0-0 with leaders Arsenal.
Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic have both been ruled out for a month, and join Ryan Bertrand and Marco van Ginkel on the side-lines.
Manchester City beat Chelsea 2-1 in the semi-finals of the competition last April to condemn the club to their first FA Cup defeat, within 90 minutes, since they lost to Barnsley in March 2008.
Derby currently sit in fourth place in the Championship, and lost for the first time in ten games last time as Wigan Athletic ran out 1-0 winners when the sides met at the iPro Stadium on New Year’s Day.
They are the top scorers in the second tier with 48 goals in 24 matches, though they have also conceded the most, 30, of all the sides in the top fourteen of the division.
Chelsea ran out 6-1 winners the last time the sides faced each other, in Derby’s disastrous Premier League campaign of 2007/08.
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.
Fernando Torres will miss this evening’s Champions League clash against Schalke with a leg injury.
The Spain international, who scored twice in the 3-0 win over the Bundesliga side in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge last month, is also set to miss Saturday’s game with West Bromwich Albion.
Ryan Bertrand is also unavailable; along with long term absentee Marco Van Ginkel.
Three points for Jose Mourinho’s men will see them tighten their grip on top spot, with third place Basel hosting Steaua Beucharest in Group E’s other game.
Meanwhile, Napoli have joined Chelsea in the race to secure the services of Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic, TalkSport understands.
Former Blues’ interim manager Rafael Benitez, who took the reins at the Serie A club in the summer, is keen to bolster his midfield options in January with moves for Javier Mascherano and Lucas Leiva also mooted.
Matic made three appearances for Chelsea before being used as a makeweight in the deal that brought David Luiz to Stamford Bridge in 2011.
Elsewhere, Mark Schwarzer has announced his retirement from international football.
The veteran goalkeeper is Australia’s most capped player having made 109 appearances since his debut – World Cup qualifier against Canada in 1993.
Chelsea are set to make several changes for tonight’s visit to Swindon Town in the Capital One Cup third round.
Cesar Azpilicueta, Ryan Bertrand, David Luiz, Michael Essien and Juan Mata are all likely to come into the starting line-up, while Mark Schwarzer could be handed his debut for the club.
The veteran Australian goalkeeper was part of the Middlesbrough team that won the League Cup in the 2003/04 campaign.
Meanwhile, Azpilicueta has emerged as a potential transfer target for Barcelona, the Metro understands.
The La Liga champions could be forced to recruit a defender if Arsenal and Liverpool target Martin Montoya moves away from the club.
Azpilicutea made forty-seven appearances in all competitions last season, but has barely featured for the Blues since Jose Mourinho returned to the club as manager.
Elsewhere, three former Blues players are among the favourites to become the new Sunderland manager, following Paolo Di Canio’s sacking on Sunday evening.
Roberto Di Matteo, who won the FA Cup and Champions League in a short spell as manager at Stamford Bridge is the currently leading the market, while Watford manager Gianfranco Zola and Gus Poyet, who is currently out of work, are also in the running.
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Jose Mourinho is keen on bringing Didier Drogba back to Chelsea as a player-coach, according to the Express.
The Ivory Coast international’s current club Galatasaray say that they won’t release him until his contract expires next summer, though talks are underway for the 35 year old to make his return.
The Blues manager believes that Drogba still has something to offer on the field, but would ultimately utilise him as a mentor for the club’s forwards.
In his eight seasons at the club, Drogba scored 157 goals, with his final kick in a Chelsea shirt the penalty that secured victory in the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
Meanwhile, Ryan Bertrand has distanced himself from reports that he is set to leave the club, Sky Sports understands.
Brendan Rodgers is reportedly keen on signing the 23 year old for Liverpool, having worked with him whilst in charge of the Chelsea reserves, as well as taking him on loan at Reading.
However, the full back is keen to fight Ashley Cole for his place in the Blues starting XI next season.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has calmed fears over the injury picked up by Kevin De Bruyne in yesterday’s 4-1 friendly win over Malaysia.
Goals from Bertrand Traore, De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Victor Moses wrapped up the victory before the hosts scored a consolation goal late on.
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has declined to comment in the possibility of former Blues boss Jose Mourinho replacing him in the dugout at Stamford Bridge.
Rumours of the Special One’s return intensified following comments he himself made after Real Madrid’s 4-3 aggregate defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.
However, Benitez dismissed questions regarding the 50 year olds potential reappointment by simply telling reporters: “It’s not my business”.
Meanwhile, the club are preparing for tonight’s Europa League semi-final second leg against FC Base, where they have a 2-1 lead from last week’s initial encounter in Switzerland.
The hosts go in to the game without the suspended Ashley Cole, so Ryan Bertrand is set to deputise, though he, along with David Luiz, Ramires and John Obi Mikel are only a booking away from missing the final, should Chelsea get there. Striker Demba Ba is ineligible, so Fernando Torres is set to lead the line.
Elsewhere, the Blues have been linked with highly rated Schalke youngster Kyriakos Papadopoulos.
The 21 year old centre back, who has already been capped 16 times for Greece, is also a target for Manchester City and Liverpool and reportedly has a released clause of £17 million in his contract.
Chelsea survived a scare in Moscow yesterday evening to book their place in the last four of the Europa League.
The Blues lost the second leg of their quarter final with Rubin Kazan at the Luzhniki Stadium, though their win a week ago sees them go through 5-4 on aggregate.
Fernando Torres early strike gave the visitors a first half lead, though Ivan Marcano drew his side level shortly after the break.
Victor Moses bagged his second goal of the tie to again put Chelsea in front on the evening, and give them a 5-2 lead overall, though goals from Gokdeniz Karadeniz and Bibras Nacho set up a nervy last fifteen minutes.
Rafael Benitez’s side will now face FC Basel in the semi-finals, with the first leg to be played in Switzerland on April 25th.
The club will now turn their attention to Sunday afternoon’s FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City at Wembley.
The game may come too soon for both Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill, though Ryan Bertrand is set to return to the starting line-up having missed the trip to Russia through illness.
Demba Ba is also available having missed out yesterday having already represented Newcastle United in Europe this season.