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 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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Chelsea have completed the signing of winger Christian Atsu from Porto, according to Sky Sports.
The Ghana international has put pen to paper on a five year contract after the two clubs agreed a fee of around £3.5m, though he will spend the rest of this season on loan with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem.
He made twenty-eight appearances for the Jose Mourinho’s former side last year, having spent the previous campaign on loan with Rio Ave, where he won the clubs Player of the Season award.
Atsu is the eighth new arrival at Stamford Bridge this summer, and is also the fourth to be loaned to Vitesse, with Gael Kakuta, Patrick van Aanholt and Lucas Piazon also having made the switch.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are set to sign Victor Moses on a season-long loan deal, the Mail Online understands.
The Nigeria international, who has not yet made an appearance under Jose Mourinho, is set to fall further down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge following the arrival of Brazil international Willian.
Elsewhere, Demba Ba is reportedly on Arsene Wenger’s radar going into transfer deadline day, according to the Mirror.
Lie Moses, the Senegal forward is set to see his chances limited after Samuel Eto’o was re-united with Jose Mourinho last week.
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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 have been linked with a move for Manchester United’s want-away striker Wayne Rooney.
The England international has reportedly requested to leave the Premier League champions after nine years at Old Trafford; something that has alerted a host of clubs including the Blues, Arsenal and Bayern Munich.
The revelations came just hours after the news that Sir Alex Ferguson will end his tenure as manager, with David Moyes appointment being confirmed yesterday.
The England international’s future at United has been under scrutiny throughout the second half of this season, with doubts originally being raised following his absence from the starting line-up of United’s Champions League last sixteen second leg against Real Madrid.
The former Everton man is also said to be frustrated at being played out of position, with Robin Van Persie being used as the clubs first choice centre forward.
Meanwhile, the club are preparing for their crucial tie with Aston Villa tomorrow lunchtime, where three points would all but secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Victory would see Chelsea move six points clear of fifth place Tottenham Hotspur with far superior goal difference.
Eden Hazard and Victor Moses are both doubtful for the game, with Frank Lampard expected to start as he looks for the goal which will equal Bobby Tambling’s record of 202 for the club.
Chelsea beat FC Basel 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Europa League semi-final second leg to secure a 5-2 aggregate victory, and book there place in the final in Amsterdam on Wednesday week.
The Blues suffered a setback on the stroke of half time, when Mohamed Salah gave the visitors the lead, before Fernando Torres swung the tie back in the hosts favour with his 21st goal of the season.
Victor Moses then put Chelsea ahead on the night with his fourth goal in four successive Europa League appearances, shortly before David Luiz put the result beyond doubt with yet another spectacular long range strike.
Rafa Benitez’s side will now face Benfica at Ajax’s Amsterdam Arena on May 15th as they look to secure European silverware for a second straight season.
Incidentally, the last side to compete in the final of this competition, albeit when it was known as the UEFA Cup, and the Champions League in successive years were Jose Mourinho’s Porto.
The club will now turn their attention to the race for Champions League qualification, with Sunday’s trip to Manchester United.
Ashley Cole is set to return to the starting line-up, whilst Demba Ba will also be hoping for a recall.
David Luiz’s injury time free kick gave Chelsea the advantage in their Europa League semi-final first leg, as the European Champions beat FC Basel 2-1.
The Blues took the lead on eleven minutes when the ball went in off Victor Moses, who unknowingly deflected in Frank Lampard’s corner kick.
The game looked to be ending in a draw when Fabian Schlar equalised from the penalty spot with three minutes left, but Luiz had the last say four minutes into added time.
The return leg will be at Stamford Bridge next Thursday, though the club will first turn their attention to Sunday’s visit of Swansea City, by which time they could well find themselves outside of the top four.
Rafael Benitez is expected to once again rotate his squad for this game; Chelsea’s ninth of this month.
Demba Ba, Jon Obi Mikel and Juan Mata are all expected to return to the starting line-up, while Gary Cahill could feature for the first time in a month following knee surgery.
Swansea are without a win in five games, however the Premier League status is all but secure, as they look ahead to a debut season in Europe following their Capital One Cup victory back in February.
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.
Chelsea midfielder Victor Moses has claimed that an early goal could kill of their opponents in this evening’s Europa League Quarter Final second leg with Rubin Kazan.
The Blues go in to the game having won the first leg 3-1 at Stamford Bridge last week, though Moses, who scored Chelsea’s second goal seven days ago, believes an away goal will take off the pressure.
However, Rafael Benitez is expected to select his side with Sunday afternoons FA Cup Semi Final with Manchester City in mind.
Demba Ba will miss the game having already represented Newcastle United in the competition, while Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole and Ryan Bertrand have all remained in England through injury.
18 year old left back Nathan Ake is expected to be handed his first completive start while Fernando Torres, who scored a brace in the first leg will once again lead the line.
Chelsea boast an impressive records against Russian sides, winning all five of their previous attempts, though the Luzhniki Stadium provided the setting for the Champions League defeat to Manchester United in 2008.
The venue was altered due to UEFA’s worry over the weather in Kazan, so Chelsea’s supporters could well outnumber those of their opponents in the 90,000 capacity ground.
Few have travelled from London, though the club have a sizeable following in Russia, due to support of owner Roman Abramovich.
Fernando Torres inspired Chelsea to a 3-1 victory over Rubin Kazan in the first leg of their Europa League Quarter Final tie.
The Spanish striker opened the scoring on sixteen minutes with a close range finish, before Victor Moses doubled the host’s advantage shortly after the half hour mark.
Bibras Natkho converted a penalty shortly before half time after John Terry handled in the area, but Torres restored the Blues’ two goal advantage with twenty minutes left to play.
The return leg in Russia will be played next Thursday, with Rafael Benitez’s men odds on to progress to the semi-finals.
However, the club will first turn their attention to Sunday’s visit of struggling Sunderland, where they will recommence their challenge for a top four spot.
The Blues currently sit in fourth place, just two points ahead of Arsenal, and two behind Tottenham Hotspur in third.
Sunderland are bottom of the division’s form table having gone eight games without a win, a run which saw the club part company with manager Martin O’Neil.
Former West Ham United striker Paolo Di Canio has taken the reigns at the Stadium of Light; a stadium where Chelsea have emerged victorious in each of their last eight visits.