Here is Sunday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea:
The Blues are planning to make a fifth bid for Everton defender John Stones in January after failing to sign him in the summer, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 21-year-old submitted a transfer request during the window, but will still cost around £40m.
Chelsea target Paul Pogba wants to leave Juventus in January, but only after resolving an image rights issue with a former agent, the Daily Star report.
The agent wants £25m from the player, but Pogba is prepared to go through the courts to resolve the matter and make himself a much more attractive prospect to any interested club.
Jose Mourinho made a late attempt to hijack Manchester United’s move for Monaco striker Anthony Martial, according to the Daily Star.
The champions matched the Red Devils’ offer, but the Ligue 1 side rejected the bid due to the agreement already being in place with United.
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has backed Diego Costa after the forward failed to find the back of the net during the victory over Slovakia, the Daily Mail report.
The 26-year-old has scored just once in eight games for his adopted country, but del Bosque has suggested that his game is about much more than goals.
“Of course I would like him to score but he did some good work,” he said.
Finally, Blues legend Didier Drogba celebrated his first start for Montreal Impact with a hat-trick which proved vital in a 4-3 win over Chicago Fire.
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