Chelsea Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 21

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistJuly 21, 2014

Chelsea Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 21

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    Now the World Cup is over, it's full steam ahead as clubs prepare for the new Premier League season.

    Chelsea have already signed Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Filipe Luis this summer to strengthen in vital areas.

    There will also be some players joining David Luiz, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole through the exit door at Chelsea as Jose Mourinho continues to shape and fine-tune his squad.

    Keep up to date with all the transfer news in Bleacher Report's transfer tracker, where we'll bring you all the latest news from west London.

    Last update: Tuesday, July 22

Manchester City in for Didier Dorgba?

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    Chelsea may be interested in re-signing Didier Drogba (see Slide 3), but it seems Manchester City also have their eyes on bringing the Ivorian back to the Premier League.

    According to the Daily Star, Manuel Pellegrini wants to add Drogba to his squad after news Alvaro Negredo will be sidelined for four months with a broken foot suffered in pre-season.

    The proposed deal for 36-year-old Drogba would be 12 months.

Jose Mourinho Insists Chelsea Will Make No More Signings This Summer

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    Chelsea's transfer business is done for the summer, Jose Mourinho has insisted.

    Speaking on Saturday, the Chelsea boss praised the club's board for their swift transfer dealings in the summer, explaining no more players will arrive at Stamford Bridge after the capture of left-back Filipe Luis.

    Per Sky Sports:

    I have to say my club did a fantastic job, and not just because of what we bought, but because we did it in almost record time. The transfer market closes 31 August and we close our market on July 19. We finished the market today [Saturday].

    The club did fantastic, we knew the targets, we knew the players and the club attacked them and their clubs at a very early stage.

But Didier Drogba's Return Is Imminent

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    Despite Jose Mourinho's claims Chelsea are now a closed book with regard to new signings, BBC Sport is reporting Didier Drogba is close to a Stamford Bridge return.

    The Ivorian, whose last kick in Chelsea colours sealed the team's Champions League victory in 2012, is apparently considering a one-year deal from the Blues.

    Other clubs are also believed to be interested.

    L'Equipe reports (via The Guardian) the deal could be agreed by the end of this week, with Drogba given a coaching role at the end of the 2014/15 campaign. 

Mario Pasalic to Join Elche on Loan

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    He only joined Chelsea two weeks ago, but it seems Mario Pasalic is on his way out of Stamford Bridge.

    Don't panic—the Blues haven't gone cold on the young Croatian.

    According to talkSPORT, he will spend a year on loan with Spanish club Elche to give him the opportunity to continue his development.

    Jose Mourinho is eager for Pasalic to gain more experience before returning to challenge for a first-team spot next year.

    It seems La Liga is the best place for him to do just that. 

Romelu Lukaku to Fight for His Place at Chelsea

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    They have endured a difficult relationship thus far, but are Jose Mourinho and Romelu Lukaku ready to patch things up?

    According to Sky Sports, Lukaku is ready to return to Stamford Bridge to fight for his place alongside Diego Costa and Fernando Torres.

    However, Everton are still interested in bringing him back to Goodison Park permanently, per the Liverpool Echo.

    If Lukaku does remain at Stamford Bridge, it will give Chelsea plenty of options heading into 2014/15.

    With Costa, Torres and Lukaku in attack, the Blues will certainly look stronger than last term, when they struggled for goals up front.