Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea:
The Frenchman is valued at £70m, but the Premier League champions are confident that a deal can be done before the window shuts.
John Stones has given a huge indication that he wishes to move to Stamford Bridge, after the Daily Express reported that the 21-year-old has handed in a transfer request at Everton.
Chelsea have had three bids rejected for the defender, but are hopeful that a £40m offer will have more luck.
Zenit have warned Jose Mourinho that Ezequiel Garay will not be an alternative should they miss out on Stones, the Independent report.
The Russian side have insisted that the Argentina international will be going nowhere.
Juventus are hoping that they can pull off a deal for reported Chelsea target Axel Witsel, according to the Daily Express.
The Old Lady are plotting to bring the Belgian in on an initial loan deal.
Finally, one signing that Juventus have clinched is that of Blues winger Juan Cuadrado, the Daily Star report. The Colombian has joined the club on a season-long loan.