According to TEAMtalk, Chelsea target Alexandre Pato has revealed that he will only leave AC Milan for Barcelona.
The 21-year-old worked with Carlo Ancelotti in Italy and his former boss is a confirmed fan. It seemed that Chelsea were one of the favourites to secure his signature but Pato has rejected rumours linking him with a move to the Blues or Manchester City and he declared: “I am a Milan player and I’m happy here. If one day I do leave Milan, I’d like to wear the Barcelona jersey. I think I’d only leave Milan for Barcelona.”
The Spanish champions reportedly have first option on the Brazilian as part of the deal that took Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Milan.
Juventus in for Ivanovic.
IMScouting reports that Juventus are interested in signing Branislav Ivanovic. The defender’s contract is up in 2012 and there is speculation that the Blues would rather sell him now than let him walk away for nothing in two years time. Juventus believe they can lure the Serb to Italy because he shares his agents with their winger Milos Krasic and this would make any potential deal easier.
Blues close in on Dutch full-back.
Footylatest.com reports that Chelsea and Arsenal are ready to battle it out for German star Bastian Schweinsteiger and Dutch full-back Gregory van der Wiel.
The midfielder is considered one of the world’s best holding players but he is apparently unhappy at Bayern Munich and he is looking to move on next summer. Ajax’s van der Wiel, meanwhile, has also attracted attention from Juventus and AC Milan and he would cost around £10m. Whether Ajax choose to sell in January will depend on whether or not they progress in Europe.