Chelsea‘s hopes of resigning Nemanja Matic are set to improve after the weekend, as the player’s agent flew into London for talks over his future, according to the Daily Mail.

The 25-year-old has matured into one of the top midfielders in Europe during his time with Benfica, so much so that a host of top European clubs are understood to be chasing his signature.

The Portugese club are understood to be willing to do business for £25million, a price Chelsea are willing to meet for a player they sold as part of the deal that bought David Luiz to Stamford Bridge.

It was a piece of business that left a lot of people scratching their heads at the time, and although Matic had not reached his full potential, many at Chelsea believed he had the skills to be a future star for the club.

Ironically, Luiz may well complete a £35million move to Barcelona in January that would go a long way towards funding the Matic deal.

One player who looks set to stay at Stamford Bridge however, is left back Ashley Cole.

The 32-year-old has been linked with a move to the MLS in recent weeks after losing his first team place to Cesar Azpilicueta, but Jose Mourinho has confirmed the left back remains a part of his immediate plans.

“Naturally he will get his contract, because he’s a valuable player for us,” Mourinho said.

“Even if you are not playing every game and you are not a first-choice player, like he was always, I don’t think it means that you are not well, that you are not deserving a new contract.”

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