Friday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer rumours.
Arsene Wenger has promised the 33-year-old that he will be Arsenal’s first choice goalkeeper, and the two clubs are said to be close to agreeing a fee.
Blues starlet Patrick Bamford has turned down the chance to link back up with Steve McClaren at Newcastle next season, The Times reports.
Bamford instead wants to try and compete for a first team spot in Jose Mourinho’s side.
Chelsea want 26-year-old Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel as a replacement for John Mikel Obi, 28, who is close to leaving the club, the Daily Express reports.
The Belgian international is thought to be keen on a move away from Zenit, and could now finally be en route for the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho is ready to press ahead with a move for £15million-rated Ghana left-back Abdul Baba Rahman, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 20-year-old impressed with Augsburg last term, and has thus attracted some serious interest in his signature.