Friday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer rumour gossip.
Chelsea want to sign £15m-rated Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 20, from Anderlecht, but Newcastle and Swansea are also interested, the Daily Star reports.
The Serbian international had been set to sign for the Magpies, but has apparently opted against the move as he would prefer a side capable of offering Champions League football.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has left winger Mohamed Salah out of the squad for the pre-season tour of the USA after the 23-year-old refused to join Fiorentina on loan, the London Evening Standard reports.
Salah has caused uproar by refusing to rejoin Fiorentina on loan for next season despite the club having already paid Chelsea £700,000 for his services.
Filipe Luis is closing in on a return to Atletico Madrid, with Chelsea confident of landing speedy Abdul Baba Rahman as his replacement, the Daily Mirror reports.
Left-back Luis is expected to rejoin his previous club within days — after just 12 months, and 15 appearances, with the newly-crowned Premier League champions.
Everton have rejected a £20m bid from Chelsea for John Stones, Sky Sports sources understand.
The 21-year-old, who can operate in central defence and at right-back, has since gone to make 82 appearances for the Merseyside club.