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Blues closing in on Matic

The Mail Online understands that Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal that will see Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic return to Stamford Bridge, two-and-a-half years after he moved in the opposite direction.

The 25 year old was initially used as a makeweight in David Luiz’s transfer to Chelsea, and now looks set to return to West London with a medical expected on Tuesday.

During his first spell with the Blues, he made just three substitute appearances before spending a season on loan with Vitesse Arnhem – the Dutch club that currently has no fewer than five Chelsea players in their first team squad.

The Serbian international was part of the Benfica side that lost 2-1 to Chelsea in last season’s Europa League final, while he won the Portuguese League Cup the previous year.

Elsewhere, the club are set to partly finance their move for Matic with the funds they are due to receive from Wolfsburg for Kevin De Bruyne, according to the Mirror.

The Bundesliga side are set to complete ta £17m move for the Belgium international in the next few days.

De Bruyne has made just two starts for the Blues, having spent last season on loan with Werder Bremen.

Mikel and Oscar seal Blues progress

Second half goals from Jon Obi Mikel and Oscar secured a 2-0 win for Chelsea in their FA Cup third round clash with Derby County at the iPro Stadium yesterday afternoon.

The Rams, who were statistically a match for their opponents in all areas bar the goals, kept the Blues at bay for the first half, before Mikel scored only his fourth Chelsea goal on his three hundredth appearance twenty minutes into the second half.

Oscar scored his eighth goal of the season just five minutes later to seal the victory, while eighteen year old Lewis Baker was introduced three minutes from time to make his professional debut.

Jose Mourinho’s men will now face Stoke City at Stamford Bridge in the fourth round of the competition later this month.

Meanwhile the Metro have reported that Kevin De Bruyne’s agent has been pictured at a Wolfsburg training session amid reports that the Belgium international is set to join the Bundesliga club.

The 22 year old has long been linked with a return to Germany having spent a successful season-long stint there with Werder Bermen before returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

The former Genk man has made just nine appearances under Jose Mourinho in all competitions.

Cole back for Blues

Chelsea will welcome Ashley Cole back to their starting line-up for this evening’s Champions League clash with Steaua Bucharest.

The England left-back has not played for the Blues since last month’s defeat to Newcastle United, with Cesar Azpilicueta taking his place.

Brazilian duo David Luiz and Oscar are both fit to play, so their only absentee in Marco Van Ginkel, who is out for the season.

Jose Mourinho’s men have already booked their place in the knockout stages of the competition, but need victory at Stamford Bridge this evening to guarantee top spot in Group E.

Elsewhere, the Express have reported that Barcelona are set to revive their interest in David Luiz.

The Catalan club are lining up a £30m bid for the 26 year old, who has made just five appearances in the Premier League this season.

The report also claims that Wolfsburg will move for Kevin De Bruyne, should Chelsea decide to sell the midfielder.

The 22 year old returned to West London following a season-long loan with Werder Bremen, only to make a handful of appearances in all competitions.

Dieter Hecking’s side are one of a number in the Bundesliga to register an interest In the Belgium international.

Bertrand linked with Reds move

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.

Torres wants hot streak

Fernando Torres is keen to continue his goal-scoring run after his midweek brace in Europe, the Mirror understands.

The Spain international got his third and fourth goals of the season in the 3-0 win in Schalke on Tuesday evening, but is yet to score in the Premier League despite featuring in all but two of the Blues’ top-flight games so far.

In fact, his only league goal this calendar year came in the 2-1 victory over Everton on the final day of last season.

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed in his autobiography that he consdiered signing Petr Cech on two occasions during his time in charge of Manchester United, the Daily Star understands.

However the Scot talked himself out of securing a deal for the goalkeeper, who has been at Stamford Bridge since 2004, both times.

Elsewhere, the Express has reported that the club will battle with Manchester City for the signature of Paris Saint Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

Both clubs are said to be preparing pre-contract offers for the 26 year old, who’s current deal expires in the summer.

Finally, the Blues have also joined Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the race to sign Wolfsburg’s promising German winger Julian Brandt.

Torres keen to step up

Fernando Torres has admitted that he needs to do more to justify his price tag, Sky Sorts understands.

The Spain international has scored just 37 goals in 139 appearances since switching from Liverpool half-way through the 2010/11 campaign.

He was the clubs to scorer last term with 23 goals, though he has just scored twice this time around, and has failed to find the net in any of his five league appearances.

The 29 year old, who is currently side-lined with a knee injury, has admitted that his return in the 2012/13 campaign ‘should be the minimum’ before adding that he believes the criticism which he has received have been over the top.

Meanwhile, Wolfsburg have confirmed their interest in signing out of favour midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, according to the Metro.

The Belgium international has been somewhat cast aside by manager Jose Mourinho since turning in a poor performance against Swindon Town in the third round of the League Cup.

He impressed in a season-long spell in the Bundesliga last term, scoring ten goals in thirty-four appearances for Werder Bremen.

Last season’s Champions League runners up Borussia Dortmund were also linked with the 22  year old but this week withdrew their interest.