Chelsea talks with Atletico Madrid over 4 players in transfer round-up

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Chelsea and Atletico Madrid officials are expected to hold a 'big meeting' later this week to talk about the prospective futures of a number of players. (AS)

With Diego Costa and Filipe Luis both linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge this summer there are plenty of items up for discussion, while Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku are also expected to be mentioned for a possible move in the opposite direction.

Jose Mourinho is likely to prevent the Belgian goalkeeper from returning to La Liga for a fourth consecutive season as he prepares to promote him to No.1 - at the expense of Petr Cech, who could leave west London ahead of the new campaign.

Lukaku's future remains less certain, and after a disappointing showing in the World Cup could be sent out on loan again next season, with the possibility of moving to Madrid as a replacement for Costa.

Diego Simeone would prefer to sign Lukaku permanently, but Chelsea would be making a mistake if they allow him to slip from their grasp, having shown great promise - and remember, he's still only 21.

Other news…

Chelsea's hopes of signing Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos have been dealt a significant blow after Real Madrid and Barcelona joined the race for the Germany international's signature. (Daily Star)

The 24-year-old has been the subject of intense transfer speculation this summer with just 12 months remaining on his contract at the Allianz Arena, and representatives from both Barca and Real are believed to be in Brazil trying to tie up the player's future.

Karim Benzema

Chelsea are believed to be trailing Premier League rivals Arsenal in the pursuit of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema this summer.

Jose Mourinho knows the France international well from his in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, but that relationship appears to be powerless in the Portuguese manager's alleged attempt to lure the player to Stamford Bridge.

Premier League return for former Blue

West Ham have been offered the chance to sign former Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles from Fenerbahce in a cut-price £3 million deal. (Daily Star)

The Portugal international moved to Turkey two years ago, but is wanted off the club's wage bill, and could be in line for a surprise return to the Premier League.

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