Check out all the latest Chelsea transfer news and gossip from today.
Chelsea's alleged pursuit of Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain has been boosted by the news that Rafa Benitez has already lined up a replacement for the Argentina international. (Daily Express)
The player in question is Chile international Eduardo Vargas, who already belongs to the Serie A outfit, but has spent most of the last two years away from the Stadio San Paolo.
Jose Mourinho is keen to be reunited with Higuain at Stamford Bridge and could press ahead with a move for him, even after completing a £27 million deal to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.
Diego Costa update
Spain striker Diego Costa has been talking about Chelsea again as he edges closer to a £32 million transfer from Atletico Madrid this summer. (The Sun)
The Brazilian-born star admitted his future is now more in London than in Madrid when speaking to reporters in the Maracana after Spain crashed out of the World Cup on Wednesday.
Costa has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and the Blues are expected to tie up a deal shortly when the 25-year-old returns early from the major tournament after the completion of the group stages.
Branislav Ivanovic could follow David Luiz out of the Chelsea exit door after the Serbia international was linked with a surprise £7 million move to Arsenal. (Metro)
Arsene Wenger is still on the lookout for a right-back replacement for Bacary Sagna and will attempt to lure the Blues defender to the Emirates Stadium.
Toni Kroos poised for exit
Jose Mourinho might not get a better chance to sign Germany international midfielder Toni Kroos after it emerged that the Bayern Munich star is keen to force a move away from the Allianz Arena. (Marca)
Real Madrid are believed to be preparing a £20 million bid for the want-away 24-year-old who has just 12 months to run on his existing contract with the Bundesliga champions, but Chelsea could lodge a rival offer in an attempt to lure the player to Stamford Bridge.
Pep Guardiola is keen to keep Kroos for the 2014/15 campaign, but will be conscious of losing him for nothing next summer, meaning Bayern could be forced into selling if he refuses to sign a new deal.
Mourinho identifies his managerial replacement
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he may one day be replaced by none other than Frank Lampard in the Stamford Bridge hot seat, as Roman Abramovich holds the 36-year-old in such high regard. (Daily Mail)
The England international's hiatus away from west London will not last that long according to Mourinho, who has tipped the former Blues midfielder to return in a managerial position.
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