Good morning Blues and welcome to Thursday’s edition of Chelsea Fresh – where we take a look at the latest Chelsea news, transfer rumours and anything else surrounding the club.

Well, off the back of our third victory in 8 days – the Chelsea camp is once again seemingly buzzing after injecting that confidence and belief back in. But that does’t mean the club are changing their minds about a mini over haul in January.

We have two main rumours for you today and one will come as a real surprise. According to Spanish publication Fichajes, who are fairly reliable, Chelsea are to make a move for Barcelona right back Dani Alves.

With Branislav Ivanovic continuing to struggle, Chelsea are clearly looking at a number of full back options to bring in. Alves needs no words, we all know his quality and the ability he has to create goals, but the fee being mentioned is £14 million… for a 32 year old.

There is no doubt we need more competition in those areas and Alves certainly has the class and experience to be an instant problem solver here, but I’m not sure he would be my preferred choice.

John Obi Mikel could also be finally leaving the club in January as his frustrations reach boiling point. Having spent a number of seasons on the bench, Mikel is exploring interest from Turkey in the shape of both Besiktas and Galatasaray and will likely be out the door at Stamford Bridge in the new year.

Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has expressed that he fully expects John Terry to be a key player this season and beyond for Chelsea. Lampard says that he feels Terry will stay at Chelsea and be offered another year’s contract extension.

Finally, I know I said my news reports will be Eva and Costa free but I had to pick up on these interesting comments from Jose Mourinho regarding the latter of the two incidents.

Chelsea have been publicly upset by the outcome of the Costa and Gabriel incident and Mourinho has had his say claiming that by this decision, the FA have basically said that ‘retaliation is now OK’ in this league.

I’m completely inclined to agree with him here, I’m not usually one for getting involved in the controversy and drama, especially when it involves the FA – but this incident has really made me look at how unfairly this club is treated and it’s getting to the point where it is now obvious. Something has to stop here, something needs to be done, it’s ludicrous.

That’s it for now Blues, but don’t forget to follow my Twitter here for the very latest Chelsea news -> @cfcneteditor

Simon Phillips – News Editor – CFCnet

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