Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Alex Teixeira “is set to move” to Chelsea, according to reports from The Times.
The prolific attacking midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea in the last few weeks, and it seems the deal is close to completion within next few days.
The Blues are confident that they have beaten off interest from French champions Paris Saint-Germain to sign the 25-year-old.
Teixeira, who would cost in the region of £30m, was the joint top scorer with 17 goals in the Ukrainian Premier League last season, and has managed 26 goals in 25 games this term.
Chelsea join the race to sign Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane is trying to force a move from Southampton. The 23-year-old midfielder has informed the club that he doesn’t want to a new contract.
Manchester United are keen to sign him in January, but according to The Mirror, Chelsea have joined the race too. Mane has a contract at the club till 2018, and the club won’t sell him for anything less than £30m.
Chelsea interested in Real Madrid forward Isco
Simon Johnson of the London Evening Standard reports Chelsea have turned their attention to Real Madrid’s highly rated attacking midfielder Isco.
According to the report, Madrid will do everything to prevent Isco from leaving in January. The spaniard is a highly talented player, but his spot has been under threat ever since the arrival of James Rodriguez.
He has started nine La Liga matches this season, majority of those have come when Rodriguez was absent through injury.
Isco’s role in the side may change now following the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the club’s new manager, but the same was believed after Carlos Ancelotti was replaced by Benitez too.