We already heard of Chelsea's supposed continuing pursuit of Leonardo Bonucci, so let's see what other rumors might be floating out there as we start navigating among the jetsam and flotsam of the lazily flowing by international break.
Antonio Conte addressed the Fabregas situation earlier this week with a rather vague "for this type of situation it is too early to talk" before reassuring that Fabregas remains a happy (and now injured) squad player with good motivation and blah blah blah.
It's hard to see Fabregas getting back into the squad anytime soon, though he's undoubtedly a great wild card option late off the bench should we ever stop blowing teams away. Which we undoubtedly will, so somehow keeping Cesc around and willing to play this reduced role could be beneficial.
His family certainly don't seem to want to move out of London anytime soon, if his partner's social media messages are any indication, so perhaps we can make this work. Then again, he could just switch to West Ham on loan on subsidized wages instead...
Another long-ish transfer story has been Chelsea's supposed pursuit of the Inter midfielder, who reportedly is looking to jump start his career after enduring a bit of a "frosty relationship" with the club's management. And presumably they're not talking about going out for ice creams and shakes.
Though Brozovic has started four games in a row and Inter have fired Frank de Boer in an attempt to turn their season around, the 23-year-old Croatian international could be available for the right price (perhaps around €30m?). Sounds a bit expensive...
Bane is apparently on the shortlist of West Ham United (per Matt Law of the Telegraph), who are trying to ensure that their season doesn't end up being a metaphor for the worst stadium in top flight football that they now call home.
PASTORE / VERRATTI
The first name has been mentioned a couple times lately in the Chelsea rumor mill, though it all sounds a bit silly, especially at €40m. The second name has not been mentioned at all in the rumor mill lately, though it would be wonderful.
Maybe we could have David Luiz put in a good word or two (he visited PSG this weekend, after Chelsea's win on Saturday).