The January midseason transfer window is in full swing, and that means top-flight clubs like Chelsea have several weeks to bolster their squad for the second half of the season.
While Jose Mourinho's first year back at Stamford Bridge hasn't produced overwhelming results, the Blues are right in the mix and find themselves just two points back of Premier League-leading Arsenal with 18 matches left to play.
But with some players growing frustrated with their roles and piquing interest from other clubs, Chelsea's squad could take on a different look come February.
Here we'll take a closer look at the latest news and buzz surrounding a pair of Blues stars heading into the second week of the January transfer window.
Juan Mata Talks Upcoming
According to Mirror's John Cross, dynamic midfielder Juan Mata and Chelsea shot-callers are scheduled to meet and discuss his future at Stamford Bridge in the coming days.
Mourinho addressed the situation at the start of the new year, per Mirror's Darren Lewis:
I want to keep him. I want to keep him. I don’t want him to go. That’s my opinion, my wish. But my door is open and the club’s door is open too. When a player wants to speak with us we are there waiting.
Cross adds that Mata is reportedly "angry" with his recent treatment at Chelsea, specifically his early exit from the Blues' 3-0 win over Southampton on Jan. 1.
After scoring a dozen goals in league play a season ago, Mata has failed to score through his first 13 league appearances in 2013-14. And with Mata hoping to earn a spot on Spain's World Cup 2014 roster next summer, it's no wonder he's looking for a fresh start in a new role.
Kevin de Bruyne's Future up in the Air
Like Mata, Kevin de Bruyne's time at Stamford Bridge could potentially be coming to an end soon.
According to Sky Sports' Kristof Terreur, German club Wolfsburg are awaiting a response from Chelsea after placing a bid for the 22-year-old Belgian. Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs confirmed the report: "The ball is in Chelsea's camp now."
A response from de Bruyne's agent, Patrick de Koster, suggests the midfielder is anxious for a change of scenery, per Terreur: "We hope something might happen soon. Kevin really wants to go to the Bundesliga."
Wolfsburg are currently fifth in the Bundesliga table through 17 matches this season and could certainly use the young talent right away.
While losing de Bruyne this winter would deal a significant blow to Chelsea's future, it would have little impact on the Blues' chances moving forward this season. The up-and-coming midfielder has struggled to earn first-team reps since arriving in 2012 and wouldn't be missed from a production standpoint.
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