Chelsea dealt decisive blow in Euro starlet chase

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Chelsea have effectively been ruled out of the running to sign Christian Eriksen this summer.

The Danish starlet has been linked with a handful of clubs across Europe, with AC Milan, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Liverpool all linked with a move for the 19-year-old.

However, representative Martin Schoots has effectively dismissed that playmaker's chances of joining any club apart from Barcelona, and the news will come as a blow to Chelsea, who were reportedly preparing a bid for the player last week.

"The interest of AC Milan and Chelsea? Many big clubs have been following him for some time. The Rossoneri have had a chance to take him a couple of years ago and now they like him very much," Schoots told Sport Mediaset.

"At this time Christian is concentrating on the Under 21 Championship. The probability of leaving Ajax in this summer is very slim. Christian is happy in Amsterdam, is happy to have chosen Ajax and knows he can grow here.

"He doesn't want to change club now. The only team which could change his mind at the moment is Barcelona. But in football you never know."


TalkSPORT reported on Friday that Chelsea had dispatched scouts to the European U21 championships in Denmark specifically to watch the player, who featured in his country's 1-0 defeat against Switzerland on Saturday.

Guus Hiddink, who is tipped to become the next Chelsea manager, is reportedly an admirer of the teenager, whilst Roman Abramovich was thought to be willing to sanction a move for the player.

The Stamford Bridge owner has also set his sights on Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero this summer, but will want to secure the services of a manager at Chelsea first before continuing the pursuit for players.

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