Chelsea boss seeks January talks
Luiz Felipe Scolari is set to hold talks with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to learn if he has any funds available to him in January.
Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has repeatedly insisted the Blues will not be signing new players next month in the transfer window but, following their recent stuttering form, it appears boss Scolari wants to strengthen his squad for the second half of the season.
And the Brazilian is hoping to hold talks with billionaire owner Abramovic as soon as possible as he plots a list of potential new recruits believed to include Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa.
According to a report in the Daily Mirror, a Â£10 million bid to sign 21-year-old Ben Arfa, who only joined Marseille in the summer from Lyon, has already been tabled while there is interest in Wigan striker Emile Heskey and CSKA Moscow forward Vagner Love.
Meanwhile midfielder Deco, has admitted the Blues have struggled in recent weeks but he remains confident they can, with Scolari's guidance, catch leaders Liverpool and finish top of the pile this season.
"I know that we have not been 100 per cent in the last few matches and we have missed some chances to be top of the table," he told The Mirror.
"But the important time to be top is at the end of the season and I believe that this team will finish as champions.
"Scolari has not changed, he is still a strong man and is the same coach as he was at the start of the season when everyone was praising him.
"It's a long season and it is a big test in England. But I believe we will be champions and show what a good team we are over the season."