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Mourinho escapes touchline ban

Jose Mourinho will return to the dugout for Sunday afternoons Premier League clash with Manchester City, the Daily Star understands.

The Blues boss escaped a touchline ban following his behaviour against Cardiff City last time out, which saw him sent to the stands by referee Anthony Taylor though he was fined £8,000 after admitting an improper conduct charge.

Ashley Cole is likely to be available for the match after recovering from a rib injury, so long-term absentee Marco Van Ginkel is the only player not in contention.

Mourinho must decide whether to recall Samuel Eto’o, or keep faith with Fernando Torres, after the Spain international bagged a brace against Schalke midweek.

The Blues will reclaim top spot in the division if they win and Arsenal fail to beat Crystal Palace tomorrow lunchtime.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are preparing a £12m bid for Blues target Wesley Sneijder, according to the Express.

Earlier this month, Netherlands coach Luis Van Gaal urged the Galatasary midfielder to switch to Stamford Bridge for the sake of his international career.

However, it is United, who have long been linked with the 29 year old, who are considering an offer as they look to strengthen their midfield options.

Van Gaal urges Sneijder to make Chelsea switch

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.

Van Gaal backs Sneijder to join Blues

Holland coach Louis Van Gaal has expressed his desire for Wesley Sneijder to join Chelsea.

Galatasaray are reportedly willing to sell the midfielder who only moved to Turkey in January, with Stamford seemingly his most likely destination.

The 29 year old worked with returning Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for a season at Inter Milan, where together they won the treble.

Van Gaal, who yesterday led the Dutch side to a 2-0 friendly win in China with Sneijder scoring a magnificent second, is keen for the proposed move to take place.

He said: “It would be much easier for me to keep an eye on his progress if he were to move to Chelsea”.

Sneijder has 93 caps for the Netherlands, the highlight surely his appearance in the 2010 World Cup final, despite losing to Spain.

Meanwhile, Blues striker Fernando Torres has emerged as a shock target for Barcelona, according to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.

He told Talksport: “The technical people at the Nou Camp are saying there is a chance to get a rejuvenated Torres”.

The Spain international has struggled to settle at Stamford Bridge since signing from Liverpool for a British record £50million, scoring just fifteen goals in eighty-two league appearances.

He did however manage 21 goals in all competitions last season, including the opener in the Europa League final triumph over Benfica.

Sneijder to reunite with Mourinho?

Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder has hinted that he may be about to be reunited with former manager Jose Mourinho by moving to Stamford Bridge, according to the Metro.

Reports in Turkey suggest that a deal is on the cards, and now the 28 year old has revealed that he is in regular contact with the recently reappointed Blues boss.

The Dutch international only moved to the Super Lig for £6million in January, though it is thought Galatasaray would command a much higher fee for the player.

Meanwhile, the Metro understands that the Blues will have to pay £25million if they are to sign Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Juventus are also in the race to sign to the Montenegro international, who scored 13 goals in 31 Serie A appearances last season.

Elsewhere, John Terry has emerged as a potential transfer target for big spending French Ligue 1 side Monaco, according to the Telegraph.

The Chelsea captain was used sparingly by interim manager Rafael Benitez last season, amassing just eleven league starts in total.

Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri is only too aware of the 32 year olds qualities, the pair having worked together at Stamford Bridge between 2000 and 2004.