Transfer Clock: 39 days until the transfer window closes, here are the key developments you need to know…
One in, four out at Chelsea?
Chelsea are to add one to their squad but lose several, report The Mail. The paper write that Didier Drogba’s return is nearing, with Jose Mourinho keen on the striker.
Mourinho said: “If I bring him back, and the decision has to be made soon, it is because as a player he has qualities to make the team stronger. The team is not about the eleven. It is about the different options and as an option I would not say no about the possibility.”
Up to five players could leave the club however, with Lucas Piazon securing a season long loan switch to Eintracht Frankfurt. Following him will be Marko Marin, linked with a permanent move to Besiktas and Hannover. Josh McEachran is also wanted by Spanish sides, George Saville at Wigan, and Patrick van Aanholt close to a move to Sunerland.
City’s Mangala deal close
Eliaquim Mangala is near to being unveiled as a Manchester City player, but it is not quite done yet. A video showing him talking about his future at the club appeared on Twitter, report the Manchester Evening News, before being taken down. The Porto centre-back had a medical earlier this month and an announcement is expected to be a formality.
Everton’s Besic move
There are conflicting reports on Everton’s expected signing of Bosnian international Muhamed Besic. The Mirror report the deal is imminent and the 21-year-old will be unveiled next week. The Mail however claim the deal is being held up due to an agent disagreement. The paper report the deal is being held up over paperwork over who is owed what of the £3.5 million fee, but the transfer is still expected to go through.