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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.

Lukaku keen to link up with Rooney

Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku has welcomed the prospect of linking up with Wayne Rooney next season should the Blues be successful in their pursuit of the England international, the Daily Star understands.

The forward, who spent last season on loan with West Bromwich Albion, has been on good form in the Blues pre-season tour scoring twice in as many games, and has been hailed as a potential starter for next season by manager Jose Mourinho.

Should Rooney arrive at Stamford Bridge, he would face further competition, with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba also still at the club.

However, the 20 year old does not feel threatened, saying he would welcome Rooney “with open arms” should he sign, suggesting that he could even play alongside him.

Elsewhere, Kevin De Bruyne has returned to England following the injury he sustained in the 4-1 win over a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur.

Jose Mourinho had initially said that the injury didn’t seem too serious, though after further tests he has been sent home.

Meanwhile, Nathaniel Chalobah is likely to spend next season out on loan, Sky Sports understands.

The 18 year old, who is yet to make his first senior appearance for Chelsea, enjoyed a successful campaign at Watford last time around.

Mourinho is a big fan of the England under 21 international, but feels he would benefit from one more season out on loan.