The summer transfer window doesn't officially start until July 1, but there's still plenty of buzz surrounding Chelsea and how they plan to improve their squad for 2013-14 and beyond.
Now that Jose Mourinho has returned to the Blues for his second stint as manager after parting ways with Real Madrid, which the club confirmed yesterday, Chelsea can go back to putting their full focus on adding the proper pieces to contend for the Premier League title.
The 50-year-old is sure to bring excitement to the club, as well as an aggressive mindset to their attempts at securing the best players in the upcoming transfer window.
Let's take a look at the latest news coming out of Chelsea in regards to their summer transfer window.
Daniele De Rossi
Chelsea have reached out to Roma to begin preliminary talks to sign Daniele De Rossi in the summer window, per Wayne Veysey of Goal.com.
Veysey's report continues to say that De Rossi is one of Mourinho's top summer targets and is a big factor in the Blues' interest in the Italy international.
Here's what the Goal.com source had to say about De Rossi's future.
"De Rossi knows that Mourinho wants him and Roma are ready to sell him for the right price. His time at Roma is up."
The 29-year-old was one of the most coveted players in the 2012 offseason before returning to Roma, but this year should be different. De Rossi fell out of favor with the Serie A squad, even losing his starting position in some instances.
If Mourinho and the Blues want De Rossi and will meet Roma's asking price, there's no reason to believe this deal won't happen.
Napoli striker Edinson Cavani has been all over transfer rumours for many clubs, but none more so than Chelsea.
The Blues' interest in Cavani has come full-circle in its latest developments, as the Daily Mail reports they are offering Fernando Torres to Napoli in order to land the Uruguayan striker and up-stage Manchester City's offer.
Torres' potential departure from Stamford Bridge has been a hot topic in recent transfer windows, but this deal seems to carry a lot of weight in that it could act as a major upgrade for the Blues. While losing Torres was seen as a move too risky to make in previous seasons, the prospect of acquiring Cavani is way too good to pass up.
This deal would certainly shake up the landscape of world football, and it could be one that Chelsea benefit greatly from.
Andre Schurrle and Kevin De Bruyne
But that plan has hit a major snag, as according to Borussia Dortmund's director of sport, Michael Zorc, in an interview with German magazine Kicker (via Sky Sports), De Bruyne only wants to join the Champions League runners-up and not their Bundesliga rivals Leverkusen.
However, the Sky Sports report continues to state that Chelsea is reluctant to part ways with De Bruyne on a permanent deal, which is what Dortmund is looking for. That goes against the potential Leverkusen move, which would've been a temporary loan.
The Blues are keen to hang on to the 21-year-old in the long term, which is why the deal mooted by The Guardian would've worked to their benefit. But with the latest report, things seem to have gotten a bit more complicated for Chelsea.
As it often goes with players entering the twilight of their careers, 33-year-old Yossi Benayoun told Brian Lewis of the New York Post that he's looking into moving to the States and joining the MLS.
Here's what Benayoun had to say about his upcoming decision.
At the moment I’m in talks with several European teams. I’m checking out the options; but to tell you the truth, America is one of my favorite options. I’m trying do everything I can to come to America and to play in MLS, and hopefully it works out in the next few weeks.
Benayoun's contract with the Blues expires on June 30, and a move to the States would come just one year after nearly signing with the New York Red Bulls. But no matter where Benayoun signs, Lewis reports that it won't be with Chelsea.
Ronan Katzav, Benayoun's agent, told Lewis about his client's desire to move overseas.
We’ve already spoken with the MLS management and almost all of the clubs are interested in him. We’ll see what kind of offer they can bring us. We’ve put America up in our interest.
After moving on from Chelsea, it appears the Israeli national team captain might be following in the footsteps of David Beckham and Robbie Keane.