Here is Thursday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea:
The Blues have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Paul Pogba, after the Daily Express suggested that the Juventus man had reportedly agreed a pre-contract deal with Barcelona.
The Catalan side’s transfer ban means that a deal can only go through in January.
John Stones could be about to sign a new contract with Everton, but the 21-year-old is keen to ensure that the fresh terms make a Stamford Bridge switch easier, according to the Daily Mirror.
The England international wants a buyout clause of around £37m included in the deal, which is also the amount that Chelsea offered in their final summer bid for the centre-back.
Jose Mourinho has a major injury concern ahead of the upcoming clash with Everton, according to the Daily Star.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is a doubt for the game at Goodison Park after picking up a knee injury.
The Blues may have to share Wembley Stadium with Premier League rivals Tottenham while Stamford Bridge is being redeveloped, the Daily Mail report.
The Bridge’s capacity is being increased to 60,000, and could reopen by 2020.
Finally, during a fan event, Man United manager Louis van Gaal has reportedly made the bizarre claim that he expects Chelsea and Man City to finish above the Red Devils this season, the Daily Express report.
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