Chelsea transfer news: Petr Cech in talks with AS Roma

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Chelsea look set for an active January transfer window and rumours are starting to circulate around Stamford Bridge with intensity and vigour. Below are six of the top headlines from around the gossip columns today.

Potential exits

Jose Mourinho has agreed to sell Petr Cech in the January transfer window despite the exit of Mark Schwarzer. Cech, who earns £100,000-a-week at Chelsea, is set to hold talks with AS Roma and could complete the deal with days.

While Mourinho seems to have given up on keeping Cech, he remains defiant over the future of midfielder Ramires. The Brazilian midfielder has been linked with a move to Juventus in recent days, but Mourinho has drawn a line under reports, saying Chelsea "need" him.

Close deals

One midfielder Chelsea fans may not mind leaving is Jon Obi Mikel, who has emerged as AC Milan's top target for the January transfer window. Mikel has been on the periphery since Mourinho started his second spell and could reignite his career with a move to the San Siro.

Chelsea's first arrival of the January transfer window looked for all the world to be Croatia forward Andrej Kramaric. The Blues agreed a deal with HNK Rijeka and had plans to loan him to Leicester almost immediately. The 23-year-old cancelled talks with Chelsea after Mourinho failed to convince him over potential first team opportunities. Now The Foxes, cunning as ever, have agreed their own transfer fee with the Croatian club and look set to sign him on a permanent basis instead.

Long shots

Reports on the continent have suggested that Lionel Messi is moving closer to a Barcelona exit after falling out with manager Luis Enrique. Chelsea have been linked with a bid for the Argentine ace, but will need as much as £200 million to make the deal happen.

Arsenal could be about to ruin Chelsea's chances of signing Gareth Bale by making a big money move for Real Madrid midfielder Isco. Florentino Perez wants to generate cash from his current crop but does not need to sell two stars. A big transfer fee for Isco will buy Bale some more time at the Bernabeu.

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