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Chelsea latest: Including Mangala wants in and Oscar fitness

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Jose Mourinho is said to be eyeing Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala to strengthen Chelsea when he arrives in the summer. The Frenchman is highly rated - but the Blues are said to be unsure over Porto's £30 million asking price.

However the defender is keen on a switch, insisting it is an honour to be linked with the club.

He said: "It’s flattering because Chelsea are a great club and Mourinho is a great coach.

“I intended to stay in Porto but you never know what will happen in football, especially when big clubs are involved."

Brazilian midfielder Oscar picked up an injury in training session with his national side ahead of the clash with England, forced to depart a training session early after picking up an ankle knock. However it is not thought to be a major concern, and he is still in with a chance of featuring in the friendly at the Maracana.

Former transfer target Radamel Falcao has completed his €60 million switch to Monaco, where the striker will become one the the highest-paid players in Europe.

Brazilian attacker Bernard has indicated he will consider his future in mid-July when Atletico Mineiro's involvement in the Copa Libertadores ends. The playmaker has been linked with a switch to Chelsea and his club president says he has offers from English clubs.

Michael Essien says he wants to continue back at Chelsea next season under Jose Mourinho, and feels he can be more effective with the Blues than he has been on loan at Real Madrid.

Young starlet Nathan Ake says he wants to emulate teammate David Luiz, by playing in central midfield as well as defence. He says he is fully focused on gaining more of a foothold in the first team next season.

David Luiz and Ramires have both affirmed their desire to stay at Chelsea, amid interest from Barcelona and Napoli. The players, speaking via their agents, have said they do not plan to leave the club this summer/

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