Jose Mourinho will be content with the amount of business his Chelsea side has conducted this summer, but speculation suggests there may be further additions to come at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have sealed major moves for Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis along with others, but as the transfer window edges closer to Monday's deadline, yet more stars are alleged to be on the agenda.
There's also a chance that one of Mourinho's promising playmakers could be farmed out on loan, with talk mainly revolving around which attackers might replace Fernando Torres, who is now on loan with Milan per a report from the BBC.
Mourinho looked like the favourite to land Queens Park Rangers attacker Loic Remy after reportedly meeting his release clause, but Arsenal are on the verge of scuppering that deal after making an identical offer.
Metro says the Gunners have stolen in to give the Frenchman something of a dilemma in which London side he wishes to join next.
However, Wayne Veysey of Goal.com says Chelsea are still front-runners for the deal, given how advanced their talks had progressed before Arsenal registered their bid:
Chelsea are the favourites to land Remy. Deal was so advanced that it would take a lot for Arsenal to entice him now.— Wayne Veysey (@wayneveysey) August 31, 2014
Former Chelsea striker Frank Sinclair spoke to talkSPORT, encouraging the west Londoners to seal the deal:
With Eto’o and Ba both going out of the football club at the beginning of the summer, you would have thought Costa is not enough to be honest. But there’s talk behind the scenes and little whispers about a certain Loic Remy from QPR coming to the football club. That would be a great signing, he’s a top drawer player.
He’s always stood out during his time at QPR and Newcastle. So that could be the one, but I certainly feel we need another forward and with only a couple of days to go [until the transfer window shuts] it’s going to be rushed, so let’s hope it’s the right player as well.
Remy spent last season on loan with Newcastle United and was a big part of the club's push away from the bottom half of the Premier League table.
Now, though, it seems that bigger challenges lie ahead, with Champions League clubs beckoning for the striker's signature.
Marco van Ginkel
Marco van Ginkel recently turned down a move to Milan so that he could stay and fight for his place in Mourinho's side, per the Daily Mail's Simon Jones, but it's a Premier League loan that may lie in his immediate future.
The Hull Daily Mail quotes Tigers boss Steve Bruce in remaining hopeful that his side can acquire Van Ginkel, albeit remaining realistic about his side's chances: "I don’t know if it’s possible that Chelsea would let him go out. Obviously, there’s a few clubs that have been linked with him and if he became available then of course we would be interested. But I’m not so sure that he is available."
Despite his apparent rejection, Van Ginkel is still being pursued by Milan, and Football Italia reveals that Mourinho may be attempting to coax his youngster into making the loan switch:
Milan’s move for Marco van Ginkel increasingly looks back on, after a reported phone call with Jose Mourinho http://t.co/HdBDBme9OX— footballitalia (@footballitalia) August 29, 2014
The Dutchman is coming off the back of a season ruined by a long-term anterior cruciate ligament injury, and there may be a period of proving his talents once again before his place in the Blues' line-up is assured.