Chelsea braced for £8m bid

Napoli are ready to offer £8 million for Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles, The Daily Mail report.

The Portugal international was brought to Stamford Bridge by former boss and countryman Andre Villas-Boas, and his role under Roberto Di Matteo is yet to be determined.

With the summer signings of a raft of new attacking midfielders such as Oscar, Eden Hazard and Marko Marin by the west London side, Meierles’ first-team opportunities could well be limited with the Champions League holders.

However, Serie A side Napoli are set to offer the Blues a chance to cash-in on their fringe midfielder and will bid £8 million for Meireles this week.

Meanwhile, Josh McEachran may also be farmed out by the Blues this summer, with Blackburn and Bolton both keen to the take the talented youngster on loan for the 2012-13 season.

By Gareth McKnight