Friday’s biggest Chelsea news and rumour roundup.
Crystal Palace co-owner Steve Parish has revealed the Eagles were poised to sign defensive rising star Michael Hector before Chelsea stepped in.
The 23-year-old centre-back has joined the Champions for £4million but is expected to be loaned out immediately.
Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic has explained why he rejected the chance to join Chelsea, the Daily Star reports.
The Croatia midfielder had the opportunity to move to Stamford Bridge as a 16-year-old but decided to stay at FC Basel.
Chelsea could complete a transfer deal for long-term target Paul Pogba in January, according to a top football agent, the Metro reports.
Jose Mourinho has been a keen admirer of the Juventus midfielder for several seasons and was said to be in discussions with the 24-year-old over a move this summer.