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Luiz rejected Barcelona offer

Chelsea defender David Luiz has revealed that he turned down a move to Barcelona during the recently closed transfer window, according to the Express.

The Brazil international was linked with a move to the Nou Camp all summer, and he himself has confirmed that their interest was backed up by an official approach which he in turn rejected.

Another Blues player interesting the La Liga champions is goalkeeper Thibaut Courtios, according to Talksport.

The Belgium goalkeeper, who is currently on loan for a third season with Atletico Madrid, has emerged as a target for the Catalan club, who are on the lookout for a new goalkeeper for next season.

Current number one Victor Valdes is set leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Talksport have also reported that Nathan Ake rejected the opportunity to go out on loan for this season.

The highly-regarded Dutch defender was expected to return to his homeland, where seven Chelsea players currently reside.

No less than six of the Blues squad have moved to Vitesse Arnhem, though it was PSV Eindhoven who were reportedly interested in Ake.

Finally, the Metro understands that Nathaniel Chalobah is wanted by Championship sides Wigan Athletic and Watford.

The latter took the eighteen year old for the entirety of last season, and he played thirty-eight games, helping the Hornets reach the play-offs, where they eventually lost in the final to Crystal Palace.

Bayern interested in Luiz

Chelsea are preparing themselves for a bid from Bayern Munich for defender David Luiz, according to the Metro.

Pep Guardiola wants the Brazil international to play in the heart of his defence as he aims to retain the league, cup and Champions League in his first season with the club.

The Spaniards former club Barcelona are also reportedly interested in the 26 year old, who the Blues paid £21m to Benfica for two years ago.

Meanwhile, the Express claim that should the transfer happen, the club could potentially move for Luiz’s international teammate Leandro Castan.

The Roma defender made 30 appearances in Serie A last season, with his last game coming in the 1-0 Coppa Italia final defeat to fierce local rivals Lazio.

Elsewhere, the club are lining up a move for Bayern Munich’s holding midfielder Luis Gustavo, the Mirror understands.

Jose he has identified the 26 year old, who is set to see his chances it the Allianz Arena limited following the arrival of Thiago Alcantara, as his top target in that position following reports that he has doubts over John Obi Mikel’s ability to play that role.

Finally, Fulham, Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic are all interested in taking eighteen year old defender Nathan Ake on loan, according to the Daily Star.

Lampard signs new contract

Rafael Benitez’s brief reign at Stamford Bridge comes to an end on Sunday as the Blues host Everton at Stamford Bridge.

Victory would seal third place for the Blues, whilst a draw should also be good enough, though if Chelsea’s game ends goalless and Arsenal win 2-1, then the sides would be level on points, goal difference and goals scored which would lead to play off for the first time in Premier League history.

Eden Hazard, John Terry and Ryan Bertrand, who all missed Wednesday evening’s dramatic Europa League final victory in Amsterdam, look set to miss out once again through injury.

Elsewhere, Frank Lampard has put pen to paper on a new one-year deal, ending months of speculation over his future.

The 34 year old has scored 17 goals this season, and last weekend became the club’s all-time top scorer.

Meanwhile, Lampard has been called up to the England squad for the forthcoming friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil, along with Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole, who will be presented with a golden cap to commemorate him reaching 100 international caps.

Finally, Juan Mata has been named Chelsea’s player of the year following a superb season which has seen him score 19 goals and register 28 assists across eight competitions.

Nathan Ake received the Young Player of the Year award, whilst Goal of the Season went to Oscar for his wonder-strike against Juventus in the Champions League.

Moses: Early goal important

Chelsea midfielder Victor Moses has claimed that an early goal could kill of their opponents in this evening’s Europa League Quarter Final second leg with Rubin Kazan.

The Blues go in to the game having won the first leg 3-1 at Stamford Bridge last week, though Moses, who scored Chelsea’s second goal seven days ago, believes an away goal will take off the pressure.

However, Rafael Benitez is expected to select his side with Sunday afternoons FA Cup Semi Final with Manchester City in mind.

Demba Ba will miss the game having already represented Newcastle United in the competition, while Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole and Ryan Bertrand have all remained in England through injury.

18 year old left back Nathan Ake is expected to be handed his first completive start while Fernando Torres, who scored a brace in the first leg will once again lead the line.

Chelsea boast an impressive records against Russian sides, winning all five of their previous attempts, though the Luzhniki Stadium provided the setting for the Champions League defeat to Manchester United in 2008.

The venue was altered due to UEFA’s worry over the weather in Kazan, so Chelsea’s supporters could well outnumber those of their opponents in the 90,000 capacity ground.

Few have travelled from London, though the club have a sizeable following in Russia, due to support of owner Roman Abramovich.

Chelsea without defensive trio for trip to Russia

Chelsea face a defensive selection headache ahead of tomorrow evening’s Europa League Quarter Final second leg with Rubin Kazan.

Gary Cahill is set to miss the game following knee surgery, while Ryan Bertand has a virus, and joins fellow left-back Ashley Cole on the side-lines.

As the clubs only fit left back, 18 year old Nathan Ake is expected to be handed his first start.

The Blues won the first leg 3-1 at Stamford Bridge a week ago.

Elsewhere, the Daily Star has reported that Jose Mourinho has already named his number one transfer target, should he be reappointed as Chelsea manager.

Brazilian striker Hulk, who has been linked with a move to London in the past, reportedly heads a list of targets chosen by the former Blues boss, who is odds on to retake the reins at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Swansea City will reportedly make a loan approach for striker Romelu Lukaku once his current deal with West Bromwich Albion comes to an end.

The Belgian international has stated that he wishes to spend another season away from the Blues in order to continue playing regularly.

Lukaku has scored 13 goals in 29 league appearances this season, with the Baggies looking set to achieve their highest ever Premier League finish under the guidance of former Blues defender Steve Clarke.