Didier Drogba in talks over Chelsea return - transfer roundup

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Chelsea have opened talks with Didier Drogba over a prospective return to Stamford Bridge this summer. (Daily Mail)

Jose Mourinho is keen to be reunited with the Ivory Coast international and hopes to convince him to snub big money offers from the Middle East by handing the club legend a player-coaching role with the Blues.

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The 36-year-old striker is a firm fans favourite in west London, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League during his eight-year stay in England.

Drogba would return as a back-up striker following the recent departure of Samuel Eto'o, with additional coaching responsibilities to develop his role at the club.

Qatari clubs are willing to pay the veteran more money - with a £3m per year salary after tax on the table - but Mourinho hopes that his affection for Chelsea will persuade him to sign.

Drogba's comeback would raise further doubts about the respective futures of Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku, with both strikers expected to leave on loan before the transfer window closes.

Fernando Torres has also attracted interest from Inter Milan, but he is determined to stay and fight for his place in the team.

Chelsea transfer gossip:

Chelsea winger Christian Atsu is a loan target for SPL giants Celtic. (Daily Mail)

The 22-year-old starred for Ghana at this summer's World Cup in Brazil, and after impressing on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in Holland is now wanted by a host of clubs in England, Spain and Germany.

Jose Mourinho looks set to miss out on the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira after Arsenal reportedly reached an agreement over his prospective transfer. (Catalan newspaper Sport)

The World Cup winning Germany international had been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but now looks like turning out for the Blues' Premier League rivals next season.

Khedira's boots at the Bernabeu look set to be filled by another Chelsea target - Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos. (Daily Star)

The 24-year-old revealed in a post World Cup final interview last night that he's off to La Liga after failing to agree a new contract at the Allianz Arena.

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