Chelsea full-back Ryan Bertrand has admitted that a permanent move to Southampton is something he would be keen on, having impressed at St. Mary’s since his loan switch in the summer.
The left-back, who hasn’t been able to force his way into Jose Mourinho’s plans, has become an integral part of Ronald Koeman’s squad, and when quizzed on the feasibility of him considering making the move a permanent one when his loan spell ends, replied positively.
With Filipe Luis and Cesar Azpilicueta at his disposal Mourinho has little need for the 25-year-old at Stamford Bridge, and probably won’t be adverse to the idea of him leaving.
Though Bertrand has appeared in a Champions League final during his time with the Blues he's been unable to cement a position in the starting XI and as he hits his peak he'll want to be playing regular football.
In other transfer news it’s said that the supposed soon-to-be signing of Croatian youngster Andrej Kramaric will spark the retirement of Didier Drogba, who would then become a coach in west London. The Ivory Coast international has been used as a third option by Mourinho so far, but Kramaric’s arrival would render him virtually surplus to requirements.
The general consensus is that Drogba will join Mourinho's coaching staff, and he could then look to climb the ladder into management. As for Kramaric, it's assumed he will be loaned out elsewhere until the end of the campaign, with neither Diego Costa nor Loic Remy lacking for goals.
- Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas is set to be shipped out on loan once more, this time to Middlesborough. The highly-rated defender has been recalled prematurely from his loan in Germany with Cologne and is now set to try his hand at Championship level as he bids to continue his development.
- The Blues could have the chance to sign Mourinho favourite Raphael Varane if Real Madrid decide to offer Pepe a new contract, according to reports in France. The youngster has a fantastic reputation but it said to be tired of sitting on the bench at the Santiago Bernabeu and could seek a move if Pepe's future is solidified.