Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas could be dropped: News round-up

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Chelsea could be close to pulling off a major transfer coup, with reports suggesting they lead the race to sign Marco Reus

The Borussia Dortmund ace is one of the most in-demand players in Europe right now and the Express say the Blues are in pole position. Manchester United and Liverpool have been linked but it seems as though Chelsea are ahead of their rivals.

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That could be because they are reportedly willing to offer up Andre Schurrle as part of the deal. The forward has failed to earn a starting spot in Jose Mourinho's team and could be sacrificed in order to make way for Reus, who has three years left to run on his current deal. 

It's been claimed that Reus has a release clause worth £25 million written into his contract which becomes active as of next year, while will likely spark an almighty transfer tussle.

Mourinho not a target for Barcelona

Former Barcelona president Juan Laporta has denied he will move to appoint Jose Mourinho if re-elected at the Nou Camp. Mourinho spent four years at Barcelona under the tutelage of Bobby Robson and Louis van Gaal, but Laporta says he isn’t the right type of coach for the Catalan club.

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Mourinho engaged in an at-times vicious war with Barcelona during his time at Real Madrid, so it is unlikely that the Catalan club would make an approach for him in any case.

"My style of coaching is with the [Johan] Cruyff philosophy," Laporta said. "Mourinho is a great professional and I respect him, but I did not mention him with Jorge Mendes, a person with whom I have a good friendship for many years.

"From time to time, we talk about things."

Angry boss could drop Chelsea duo

Spain boss Vincente del Bosque says Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa won’t go straight back into his first team for their next game.

The Chelsea duo pulled out for the games against Belarus and Germany with injury but are expected to be fit for the game against West Brom, and Del Bosque has warned the duo could lose their starting spots.

The Spain boss said: "If I say that Diego Costa and Cesc may find it hard to play I'm not threatening any sort of revenge or reprisal against anybody, it merely reflects a truth about football that we all know.

"If someone doesn't play and his replacement does well, the other player has to do better to get into the team. But nobody is ruled out."

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