Chelsea news – Blues on Neymar alert, Wilkins replacement shortlist, No Tamas move

Blues on Neymar alert.

Chelsea target Neymar has told reporters that he is ready to leave current club Santos, but has admitted that he would prefer a move to Italian side Juventus over Chelsea or Manchester United. The Blues tried to woo the Brazilian in the summer with a £25m offer, but he opted to stay in South America.

According to Imscouting.com, Neymar has said: “There are five big clubs interested in me: Juventus, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Inter Milan. The proposal that I like most is that from Juventus. They have great worldwide appeal. Inter have prestige. Ronaldo played there and he is one of my idols, but I prefer Juventus.”

No Tamas move.

West Brom defender Gabriel Tamas’ agent has told the Birmingham Mail that rumours of his client moving to champions Chelsea in the summer are false.

Jon Kirtland said that due to Chelsea’s defensive injury crisis, coupled with the fact that Baggies manager Roberto di Matteo is a former Chelsea player, people have put two and two together and come up with ten.

According to football.co.uk, his agent said: “Gabriel doesn’t like speaking to the Romanian press because he’s had problems before.  They asked him for an interview and he replied that he would speak to them at the end of the season. The next thing he sees are these stories. I can promise 100 per cent that there is nothing in these stories. Chelsea and West Brom have not had any contact that we’re aware of and we certainly haven’t.”

Wilkins replacement shortlist.

Chelsea have a shortlist of Italians lined up to replace the deposed Ray Wilkins, as they seek to find a new assistant for Carlo Ancelotti.

The move comes after their first choice, former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet, rejected a return to Stamford Bridge in order to remain as manager at League One leaders Brighton, according to Imscouting.com.

Italian website Tuttomercato has named the top four choices to step in – and all are Italians. Two of the names being suggested are legends of Chelsea and AC Milan respectively, with Gianfranco Zola and Paolo Maldini being touted. The other two names, Fillipo Galli and Mauro Tassotti, are also long-time servants of Ancelotti’s former club AC Milan.

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