Thursday 19 April 2018

Internacional midfielder Charles Aranguiz on Jose Mourinho's radar

Chile's Charles Aranguiz (20) is tackled by Argentina's Lionel Messi during their Copa America final
Chile's Charles Aranguiz (20) is tackled by Argentina's Lionel Messi during their Copa America final

Chelsea are understood to be interested in signing Charles Aránguiz, the Internacional midfielder, according to Italian website Tutto Mercato.

Aránguiz played a key role in Chile’s Copa America success this summer, and has attracted interest from accross Europe including Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen who are said to be keen on signing the 26-year-old.

Aránguiz scored six goals in 24 Brazilian league games last season, but may struggle to get into Chelea's starting XI given the wealth of talent at his disposal.

Filipe Luis is on the brink of re-signing for Atlético Madrid, according to a report in Marca, the Spanish daily newspaper.

The left-back is expected to end his year-long spell in England by returning to Vicente Calderón Stadium.

Earlier this week it was reported that Mourinho had confirmed the £15 million sale of Luis to Atlético, however Augsburg's reluctance to release Ghana international Abdul Baba Rahman appears to have slowed down the move.

Mohamed Salah, the 23-year-old winger, is edging closer joining Roma, according to Italian website Calcio Mercato.

The Egyptian is expected to make a return to Serie A where he spent a successful loan spell with Fiorentina last season.

The west Londoners are understood to want any loan deal to include a compulsory option to buy the Egypt international.

John Obi Mikel, the Chelsea midfielder, meanwhile, has said he is ready to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge.

"I want to stay and the manager wants me to stay," said Mikel. "I've got two years [left on my contract] here and I'm happy.

"I like to be somewhere where I have developed friends and family. It's like my family here and every day I come to work it is like coming in to see my family.

"I know all the players and all the staff so it's going to be a hard place to leave when my contract runs out but let's see what happens. I want to see out my two years."

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