Report: Chelsea rival Arsenal for Chile international Charles Aranguiz

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Charles Aranguiz is generating plenty of interest, with Arsenal and Chelsea both reported to be tracking his progress.

Chile international midfielder Charles Aranguiz could find himself in the middle of a transfer battle for his services this summer, with both Chelsea and Arsenal said to be showing strong interest.

Arsenal appear to be the keenest thus far, with numerous reports over recent months of them tracking his progress, whilst comments from the player himself, reported in the Daily Mirror, had the 25-year-old admitting a move to the Gunners "would be a dream", if the opportunity eventually arose.

Arsene Wenger had a good opportunity to see Aranguiz in action last Sunday, during the friendly between Chile and Brazil right in his own back yard at the Emirates. However, he wasn't alone, with Chelsea also keeping a close eye on the player.

Jose Mourinho and the Blues have been tracking the performances of Aranguiz, as observed by AS Chile, who are conscious that Chelsea look set to enter the fray for the player and challenge Arsenal for his capture this summer.

Indeed, the Chilean edition of the popular Spanish sports outlet cites comments on the subject of a possible transfer for Aranguiz, currently with Brazilian side Internacional, by their international sporting director Carlos Pellegrini. However, he made it perfectly clear that as far as his club is concerned: "Nothing formally exists with Chelsea, nor with any other club for Charles Aranguiz. The Chilean is a fundamental player in our team and we haven't even considered the scenario of letting him leave."

Aranguiz, his agent and his club are all clearly aware of the level of interest from both Arsenal and Chelsea, but whether a deal can be struck with one or the other remains to be seen. Though reports among UK media outlets have suggested the player could be signed for a bargain price, by contrast, in South America it's believed Internacional won't sell for less than $15 million, which works out at just over £10 million.

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