"Is this really the best I've got?"
As the world gets back to normality after the Christmas period and the Premier League players get the best part of a week to rest between games, let's take a look at the latest players linked with moves in and out of Stamford Bridge.
---UPDATED FRIDAY 10TH JANUARY---
Sky Sports have reported that Chelsea's on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is set to decide on his future. The Belgian gave an interview to Knack in which he spoke about his own future, as well as the fortunes of his fellow Belgians at Chelsea.
My agent is currently talking with Chelsea, one of the weeks I'll have a chat with Jose Mourinho - when we meet hasn't been decided yet. January is a busy month for me and also for Chelsea. I will never say I'm a better goalkeeper than Petr Cech, but I'm not a player anymore that you can put on the bench, I think. I will take that in mind when I take a decision. I can say what I think, but in the end the boss makes the decision. Clubs don't take advantage of taking decisions against the willingness of a player, but in the end it stays a game of supply and demand. Clubs who are interested have to pay what Chelsea asks, if they want to sell me of course. Eden Hazard is the only of the four Belgians who've made it into the first team. Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and I knew it wouldn't be easy when we signed, so we don't have to moan. Maybe we'll end up with all four in the team - who knows. And if not, we will find a solution for our career.
Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso is out of contract at Real Madrid in the summer, and it looks increasingly likely that he could be reunited with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. According to Tony Banks at The Express, Alonso could act as a short-term solution to Chelsea's central midfield woes, with Inter Milan's Fredy Guarin remaining as the Blues' first choice.
According to John Cross of The Mirror, Liverpool are continuing their pursuit of Ryan Bertrand. However, Chelsea are unwilling to sell him to the Merseyside club, not because of the rivalry between the clubs, but because Victor Moses has spent too much time on the bench.
Moses was loaned to Liverpool on transfer deadline day last summer so that he would not spend the season sitting on the bench at Stamford Bridge. Instead he has sat on the bench at Anfield, and the Chelsea hierarchy are none too pleased about this situation.
Sky Sports have reported that Wolfsburg are waiting for a response from Chelsea after putting in an official bid to bring Kevin De Bruyne back to the Bundesliga.
According to Samuel Stevens at The Independent, Mata's father is heading to London to discuss the Spain star's future as he looks to secure a place in the squad for this summer's World Cup. Atletico Madrid are reportedly interested in taking Mata on loan for the rest of the season, with a view to buying him in the summer.
Paul Hetherington and Paul Brown at the Daily Star ran the exclusive story that Mario Balotelli is desperate for a reunion with Jose Mourinho. AC Milan are currently in 13th place in Serie A, having won just one of their last six league games, and Balotelli has a goal ratio of six in 12 games so far this season. Although Mourinho once described him as "unmanageable," he could fare better than Chelsea's current crop of strikers.
Dave Kidd of Mirror Football has reported that Chelsea are considering a straight swap deal that would see left-back Ryan Bertrand move to Southampton, with long-term target Luke Shaw coming the other way. Shaw has been on the Blues radar for a while, and Ashley Cole believes that he would have a bright future ahead of him at Stamford Bridge.
According to Bob Cass at the Daily Mail Online, Chelsea are monitoring Wayne Rooney's continuing contract talks with Manchester United. The Red Devils crashed out of the FA Cup against Swansea City, and with David Moyes' debut season disintegrating rapidly, the Blues reckon that Rooney could be lured away for a fee of £30 million.
"I'm not Ivanovic!"
Steve Stammers of Mirror Football is reporting that Chelsea are preparing to offer centre-half Gary Cahill a new deal that would keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2017.