Chelsea morning news: Drogba to help Swansea?; €12m Mikel to leave

Abu Diaby & John Obi Mikel

All the latest news and gossip from Stamford Bridge this morning.

Chelsea's Champions League draw against Atletico Madrid has thrown up some interesting sub-plots.

First of all there is the simple fact that they might be facing their own stunning young goalkeeper in the form of Thibaut Courtois.

It has been reported that Chelsea might have an agreement with the club not to play the Belgian Zamora trophy winner against them in the competition - but chief executive Ron Gourlay has now admitted that this is not the case, stating:

"Regarding the UEFA statement, we will evaluate that over the course of the next 24 or 48 hours and we will comply with the rules, and he can play against Chelsea in both games."

They will also take on Diego Costa - the Spanish-Brazilian striker who has been heavily linked with a £32 million move to the club in the summer.

Inter Milan are being linked with a move for Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel this morning.

The Nigerian player has lost his place in the first team this season - and the arrival of Nemanja Matic in January has seen him slide further down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge. Meanwhile the return to full fitness of Marco van Ginkel is set to force him further down the pecking order.

Italian media believe that the Nerazurri are readying a supposed €12 million bid for the player - who could even make the switch before heading to the World Cup in Brazil with Nigeria.

Galatasaray have also been interested in the player - and might just return with a bid upon hearing news of Inter's current interest.

Wilfried Bony has stated he might be giving Didier Drogba a call to figure out how to put goals past Chelsea tomorrow.

Swansea welcome The Blues to The Liberty Stadium tomorrow - and Bony is an Ivory Coast team-mate of the Chelsea legend.

And he said he might just give him a call for some tips on how to best Jose Mourinho’s miserly defence:

“I have not spoken to him (Drogba) yet, but maybe tonight or tomorrow I will. We are playing against Chelsea, so he can tell me some things. 'He is my friend, we are in touch, so I will talk to him for some advice. I followed Chelsea when Didier was there. He was always with the national side, so we would see how they were doing.”

Whether Drogba would help plot against his beloved Chelsea seems unlikely.

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