Here is Thursday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea:
Blues owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly flown to Russia to personally seal the deal for Axel Witsel, according to the Metro.
AC Milan are also interested in the Zenit St Petersburg midfielder.
Chelsea’s hopes of completing a move for Pedro are in the balance, after the Daily Express reported that Barcelona have suspended any transfer activity until the conclusion of their presidential elections.
The result of the vote will be announced on Saturday.
They could also miss out on Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger, after the Daily Star reported that the 22-year-old will miss the start of the season due to injury.
The youngster requires a minor operation on a knee problem.
Jose Mourinho will however, be able to sign Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, but only if the Premier League champions pay £35m, the London Evening Standard.
Arsenal are also interested in the Frenchman.
Finally, Fiorentina have demanded that the Blues send another player to the club on loan next season, after Mohamed Salah decided to join Inter Milan, the Daily Express report.