Chelsea transfer news: Sneijder interest mounts and rivals watch van Ginkel

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A select round up of transfer news relating to Chelsea including Wesley Sneijder, Marco van Ginkel and Fernando Torres.

Chelsea are being said to be ready to up their interest in Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder according to The Mirror. Yesterday the Dutch international refuted claims he could leave the Turkish outfit amid talk of a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. The pair had a close and successful working relationship during their time at Inter Milan together and Sneijder recently admitted the duo are still in regular contact. And it was reported last night that Mourinho has asked Roman Abramovich to make the signing of Sneijder his number one priority this summer.

Fernando Torres has ruled out a move to Barcelona this summer. The Spanish international has been linked with a move to the Nou Camp this summer and considering his mixed fortunes at Stamford Bridge many thought it was a likely deal. However Torres has now made it categorically clear that he wants to work under Mourinho at Chelsea and become the best striker in the world again.

Manchester United are reportedly ready to hijack Chelsea’s deal for Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel. The Dutch under-21 international has reportedly had tabs kept on him by chief United scout Jim Lawlor at the Uefa Under-21 European Championships in Israel and they are now reportedly ready to make a bid for the player in the region of £15 million. Van Ginkel has long been linked with Chelsea due to the clubs excellent connections and has been dubbed the ‘next Sneijder’ by some media.

Mourinho has been speaking about missing out on a player during his first stint at the club in 2006. The Portuguese apparently named Samuel Eto’o, then of Barcelona, as his number one transfer target for the summer but after negotiations with the Catalan outfit then chief executive Peter Kenyon confirmed that the deal would not be going through. In the end the club signed Andriy Shevchenko instead but Mourinho did get to work with Eto’o at Inter Milan.


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