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Chelsea news round-up: Jorginho speaks out, Serbia defender eyed, Haaland latest



£102,000-a-week Italy international rules out summer Chelsea exit

Chelsea star Jorginho is featured this week in an interview with the Brazilian outlet TNT Sports.

Speaking to reporter Fred Caldeira, the 29-year-old midfielder had a lot to say about how things have been going at Stamford Bridge, the impact of manager Thomas Tuchel and his improvement in the second part of the campaign.

Fans may be aware that the Italo-Brazilian is regularly involved in transfer rumours, especially those coming from the Italian press, who are often claiming Jorginho could end up back at Napoli or even be signed by other Serie A heavyweights.

So when quizzed about what he thinks of his future, the star claims he is not worried at all about transfer business at this moment in time.

“Dude, I’ll tell you the truth. At the moment, how am I going to think about the future two years from now, having what I still have to play this season,” the Blues man told TNT Sports.

“Then the Euro is coming. So, honestly, there’s no way to think ahead. In fact, I’m very happy here. I’m really happy here.

“So I don’t think about anything else either. Now, at the moment, there’s no reason to think about what will happen in two years, for example.”

With the reporter asking if it is better to leave aside the transfer gossip, with a mention to the Partenopei links, the player showed a good sense of humour in dismissing it.

“No, absolutely. You like these things, huh (laughs). I’m gonna tell you. You like these things. It will always exist. There will always be all of that. But there’s no way I can think of anything else right now.”

Chelsea turn their attention to in-demand Fiorentina star

This week, Calciomercato reported Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United are in pole position for Fiorentina’s central defender Nikola Milenkovc.

Liverpool, who are also touted with an interest in the defender, are taking time to reflect on whether to land the Serbia international, after his poor performances for his country.

Apart from the Old Trafford side and the Reds, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have now become an option for the centre-half, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.

It’s stated his farewell is obvious this summer, but it’s not clear where the towering defender will move next.

With a contract expiring in June 2022, the player has communicated to the Serie A club about his willingness to leave after this campaign and has given a mandate to his entourage to find a new club.

A move to England is on top of the list for the 23-year-old star where the Red Devils and the Reds have been following him for months.

The west Londoners get a mention and it’s explained the option of signing for Chelsea should not be underestimated, considering Nikola’s profile, age and his experience of playing in Serie A.

It’s clear the Serbian will quit Fiorentina and he retains a dream of moving to England, where Chelsea, United and Liverpool are named as potential suitors.

UCL giants believe Chelsea-linked striker will not agitate for summer exit

Borussia Dortmund do not expect to see Chelsea and Manchester City target Erling Haaland force a move out of the club this summer.

Mino Raiola and the forward’s father embarked on a tour of the big European side last week to gauge interest in the player ahead of the transfer window.

They held talks with Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain and are expected to do the same with the Blues and the Citizens and Manchester United soon.

But Dortmund remain calm about the forward’s future and they remain confident of holding on to the ace beyond the end of the transfer window.

According to German outlet Kicker, the Bundesliga giants are not expecting Erling to agitate for a move out of the Signal Iduna Park in the summer.

A €75m release clause will come into effect in his contract next year but this summer it could take big money to snare the striker away from Dortmund.

Die Borussen are expected to hold out for at least €150 million before agreeing to sell the Norway international in the coming months.

With his high wage demands and Mino’s agent fees, the deal is likely to touch astronomical figures in a transfer window where money is expected to be tight at most outfits in Europe.

Haaland wants to play UEFA Champions League football but BVB have slipped seven points behind the top four spots in the German top-flight this season.