While Atletico Madrid want to hold firm on a £19 million buy-out clause valuation over Brazilian full back Filipe Luis, Chelsea are said to be offering a final, take-it-or-leave-it bid of £12 million for the club's defender.
Due to Jose Mourinho's pressing need for cover in this position and the lack of genuine quality options in world football, the Portuguese boss may return to the negotiating table should Atletico dismiss the paltry £12 million offer.
The La Liga champions played hardball over Diego Costa - they did not settle for less than his buy-out valuation of £32 million - and this may be a similar situation, write The Express.
Chelsea's FA Cup legend Ashley Cole, a seven-time winner of the competition, has joined AS Roma on a two-year deal with the Italian club's official website stating: "Roma have acquired Cole's playing registration on a two-year deal which expires on 30 June 2016.
"The agreement also gives the club the right to extend the contract into a further season."
Joining Cole in the Serie A could be striker Samuel Eto'o whose deal at Chelsea expired at the end of June.
And finally, Romelu Lukaku has conceded that he is yet to speak to anyone at Stamford Bridge but will take holiday and then decide on his future.
"I want to be somewhere where I can play my best football and hopefully win titles. It’s up to me to work hard but there are choices to make.
"Things like that happen in football and I’m confident I will make the right choice. I’m looking at everything but first of all I want to go on holiday and relax a little bit."