Friday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer rumour roundup.
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is being lined up as an interim manager at Chelsea – should they fire under-pressure Jose Mourinho, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
Rodgers’ stock remains high at Chelsea where he served as youth and reserve team manager in Mourinho’s first reign at Stamford Bridge.
Alternatively, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is preparing to replace manager Mourinho with former Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas, according to the Metro.
Villas-Boas will leave Zenit at the end of the season having turned down a contract renewal, and it’s claimed that he would keen to a return to the Premier League with Chelsea.
Chelsea are planning a January move for 25-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Alex Teixeira, who has scored more goals than Robert Lewandowski this season, according to the Daily Mail.
Playmaker Teixeira, 25, wants to move to the Barclays Premier League this winter and Jose Mourinho could look to him to revive his struggling side
Jose Mourinho is set to find out on Friday whether his appeal against his £50,000 and suspended one-match stadium ban has been successful, the Daily Mirror reports.
The FA dished out the punishment after he claimed referees were “afraid” to make decisions in Chelsea’s favour after their home defeat to Southampton.
Ramires has signed a new contract with Premier League champions Chelsea, the Daily Star reports.
The Brazilian, who joined the Blues in 2010 from Portuguese giants Benfica, has penned a new deal which will keep him at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2019.