The combative midfielder is high on Jose Mourinho’s wishlist and would cost at least £15 million.
The Daily Express are reporting that Chelsea are to bid that amount in an attempt to snare him from his boyhood club.
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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.