Chelsea transfer news: Benatia and Khedira update, Jose's excuses?

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All the latest Chelsea transfer news and stories including Mourinho's pre-match quotes from the upcoming Burnley game.

While Chelsea ready themselves for their debut encounter in the 2014-15 Premier League season - a trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley - club news still focuses on the potential imports manager Jose Mourinho could make.

Both Spanish and British press are reporting that the representatives of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira are in London in order to engage either Chelsea or Arsenal in talks over the potential transfer of their client away from Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and to one of of the Premier League pair.

MARCA note that Khedira, initially valued at £24 million, could now be available for £12 million as Real look to a: salvage a semi-decent transfer fee and b: relieve the player from their wage bill.

If that were, indeed, the case, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger may reignite his interest as the £12 million saved from the initial expected cost could go some way to financing the player's large transfer salary, believed to be anywhere between £135,000 per week and £150,000 per week.

AS Roma take on Fiorentina in their first match of the Serie A season late in the month and club chiefs are believed to have explained that this date, August 30, must be the deadline for any anticipated offers for Chelsea and Manchester United target Mehdi Benatia.

The Morocco international is believed to be priced at £30 million.

Another Blues prospect, Josh McEachran, will be granted first-team football this season as the 21-year-old has been transferred to Vitesse Arnham on a season-long loan deal. The midfielder has been at Chelsea for 13 years.

And finally, is it possible that Mourinho is getting his excuses in early?

The Portuguese bemoaned the fact that his roster have not had the benefit of a proper vacation.

He said: "I think it is modern football, more matches, more competitions, less time to work.

"There is not even enough to have a real holiday where bodies and brains rest. In our case we had a group who had a good holiday and good pre-season and we had a medium group – because Spain going out in the group phase allowed us to get five players before we expected.

"The final group [of returning players] were very late. Are they ready individually? No, but we have to be ready as a team [this evening]."

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