Chelsea want Benfica midfielder Victor Andrade but Manchester City are favourites to sign him, the Sunday Mirror claim.
The 20-year-old Brazilian, who has a Portuguese passport so would not need a work permit, is said to be valued at £25m.
The Sunday Mirror also say Chelsea already look set to reject the chance to sign on-loan striker Radamel Falcao from Monaco on a permanent basis.
And there is inevitably speculation about Jose Mourinho’s position after his team’s awful start to the season continued with a 3-1 home defeat against Southampton.
The Mail on Sunday reports that Mourinho feared he would be sacked but that he will keep his job as manager following a meeting of the Chelsea board.