Here is Sunday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea:
Tottenham and Arsenal are also keen on the Spaniard, who previously worked with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.
They also face competition if they wish to sign Everton defender John Stones, after the Daily Express reported that Manchester United have joined the race for the England youngster.
The Toffees would reportedly rather sell to Louis van Gaal’s side after the way that Chelsea have gone about trying to attract the player.
Filipe Luis could finally be heading for the Stamford Bridge exit, after Atletico Madrid agreed to sell Guilherme Siqueira to Juventus, the Daily Express report.
Diego Simeone reportedly wanted to get the 29-year-old off their books before completing a move for their former defender.
Chelsea’s lawyers are reportedly in talks with their counterparts from Fiorentina as they try to reach a resolution to the transfer saga that should see Mohamed Salah move to Roma, the Daily Express report.
The Egyptian snubbed a permanent switch to La Viola in favour of a move to their Serie A rivals.
Finally, Radamel Falcao has backed countryman Juan Cuadrado to enjoy a better year at Stamford Bridge, the Metro report.
The winger has struggled since his January move, but Falcao believes that his new teammate will come good this season.
“He is a fantastic player and everybody supports him because all the players and coaches know about his quality,” he said.