The Telegraph reports that Jose Mourinho is desperate to land the player and will make a vastly improved offer.
Chelsea’s opening offer, of £25 million plus the prospect of throwing in Juan Mata or David Luiz, was rejected – although the London club continue to claim they never offered either player in exchange.
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.