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Chelsea target Martin Demichelis

The agent of Argentina and Bayern Munich defender Martin Demichelis claims Chelsea are interested in signing his client.

Demichelis is expected to leave Bayern after asking to be omitted from the squad that faced Wolfsburg on the opening day of the season having learned he had failed to make Louis van Gaal's starting line-up.

Demichelis has been at the club since 2003 and won the domestic Double last season, but Holger Badstuber and Daniel van Buyten were selected ahead of him, with Van Gaal saying: "He won the title last season, but now has been replaced and he must accept that, it's not easy."

Chelsea have sold Ricardo Carvalho to Real Madrid this summer and Demichelis' agent claims the Blues are one of a number of clubs showing an interest in the Argentina international, as well as Italian Juventus.

"I have always had an excellent relationship with Juve," agent Jorge Cyterszpiler told "We spoke with Juventus, but they are not the only club interested.

"There are at least four clubs in for the player; as well as the Bianconeri there are also Barcelona, Chelsea and Sevilla. In Italy there is also Fiorentina, Napoli and Roma that have always liked him, but it is outside their budget."

Meanwhile, Chelsea have confirmed that youngsters Nemanja Matic and Slobodan Rajkovic will spend the season on loan with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem.


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