Chelsea news – Benfica halt David Luiz move, Sanchez interest confirmed, Aanholt makes Leicester switch

Benfica block Luiz move.

The protracted David Luiz saga looks set to roll on, as the centre-back travelled with the Benfica squad last night for their cup-tie in Northern Portugal, the Mail Online report.

The Portuguese side are also disgruntled with the Blues’ persistence in trying to offload peripheral players, such as Paulo Ferreira and Nemanja Matic, as part of the deal.

The Lisbon side are holding out for £21m up-front – eventually rising to £26m – but Chelsea are unwilling to pay anymore than an initial £20m for the 23-year-old.

The fee has constantly hampered this deal but Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich may have to admit defeat, to secure the services of the highly rated Brazilian.

Aanholt makes Leicester switch.

Chelsea have loaned their Dutch left-back Patrick van Aanholt to Championship side Leicester City, until the end of the season, BBC Sport confirmed.

The 20-year-old had previous loan spells with Coventry City and Newcastle United last season, but has struggled to make an impact on the Blues first XI, making just six appearances this campaign.

Foxes Assistant Manager, Derek Fazackerley, is certain the young defender will be a good addition to their squad: “He is a talented young footballer, with good skill, natural pace and the required hunger and desire to do well in the game.”

Sanchez interest confirmed.

Udinese claim that both Chelsea and Man Utd are optimistic of signing Alexis Sanchez, say the Press Association.

The Chilean winger has dazzled this season and the club’s sporting director, Fabrizio Larini, said the aforementioned Premiership sides, were not alone in admiration: “Chelsea and Manchester United? They are two clubs that have followed him and want him but there are also others.” He continued.

“Inter have tried in January just as the other teams did.” The 22-year-old has scored five goals so far for the Bianconeri, in 20 serie A appearances this campaign and is under contract until 2014.

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