Jose Mourinho
Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly looking to bring in younger players to his squadReuters

Chelsea are reportedly keeping close tabs on Corinthians teenager Malcom as Jose Mourinho looks to improve the youth department at Stamford Bridge.

The 17-year-old forward, who has been very impressive of late despite his young age, making 20 appearances for the senior team last season, is tipped to be a star in the future, and due to this reason a number of top sides are hovering around trying to swoop him.

And according to the Mirror, the Blues are one such suitor, with Mourinho keen to bring in younger players to the squad.

Although the West London side have managed to establish strong links in South America, they will not be getting the signature of the Brazilian youngster that easily as Barcelona reportedly have the first option on Malcom.

Still Chelsea are hoping that the likes of Filipe Luis, Oscar, Ramires and Willian will be able to convince the youngster to join Chelsea instead of Barcelona.

Meanwhile Chelsea fullback Ryan Bertrand will reportedly be joining Southampton on a permanent basis after the end of this season.

The 25-year-old left-back, who is a product of Chelsea's youth academy, joined Southampton on a season-long loan this summer after failing to break into the Blues' star studded squad.

However, Bertrand has been in exceptional form at the Saint Mary's this summer, forming a formidable fullback partnership with right-back Nathaniel Clyne.

Due to this reason, the Saints are keen on securing the left-back's signature on a permanent basis, and it looks like their wish is going to come true as Bertrand is not interested in returning due to him getting very little first team action at Stamford Bridge, according to the Mirror.

Earlier Bertrand had earlier himself stated that he was interested in making a permanent move to Southampton, insisting that he is having a good time at the Saint Mary's.

"It has been a good experience for me so far so I don't see why not. For me, it is a first in many aspects, especially with the consistency of football I'm getting," he had earlier told Sky Sports News.

"There is a good base to the club, we're pulling in the right direction. We have fantastic fans, fantastic players, a fantastic manager and the coaching staff."

Although the Saints recently offered a professional contract to their youth player Matt Targett, it is believed that Bertrand will be the club's first choice left-back.