Chelsea have had a £17m offer for Benfica defender David Luiz rejected by the Portuguese club.
ESPN reports that Luiz was a target for Carlo Ancelotti as he seeks to help build on Chelsea’s first win in seven games earlier this week. The Italian has felt the pressure at Stamford Bridge recently, and is believed to be considering bringing in some new faces in January in order to get the Blues’ title defence back on track.
One drawback however could be that Benfica’s requirements to do business for the 23-year-old would price the champions out of the race, meaning that the City of Manchester Stadium remains a more likely destination.
Blues turn to Cahill.
Imscouting.com however, believes that Bolton’s Gary Cahill would be a more likely January transfer target, as he is seen as an ideal long-term replacement for 30-year-old England team-mate John Terry.
It is also felt that Cahill’s consistency would help plug the somewhat leaky defence of recent times. The 25-year-old gained his first England cap earlier in the season and has been a major factor in Bolton’s position at sixth in the Premier League table going into the new year.
The website believes an offer of around €15m (almost £13m) would be enough to land the former Aston Vila defender.
van der Vaart passed over.
ESPNStar.com is carrying a story that Chelsea rejected the chance to sign Rafael van der Vaart in order to go ahead with the capture of Brazilian Ramires.
Dutchman van der Vaart has become a cult hero at White Hart Lane since joining Tottenham in a deadline-busting deal, and while Ramires has made 13 appearances so far he is thought to be struggling to adapt to life in England.
A Chelsea insider told The Sun: “We had a call to say Jose Mourinho was ready to let Van der Vaart leave Real Madrid for around £10million and did we want him.
“But it was decided he wasn’t good enough so we passed on him. That’s not looking the best of decisions is it? Our midfielders are too alike – they are strong and powerful, good athletes but not with a great deal of invention.”