British interest confirmed in Chelsea defender target

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Chelsea defender target Vlad Chiriches has not been the subject of a bid from AC Milan, according to the player’s agent.

The 23-year-old Romanian international has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe recent, with talkSPORT reporting in November that the Blues faced competition from the likes of Real Madrid and Zenit St. Petersburg for the player’s signature.

And, representative Victor Becali was happy to admit that, whilst there is no ‘definite’ competition from any club, there is British interest in the Steau Bucharest star.

"Are there other clubs in competition with Milan? Nothing definite. Chiriches is in fact liked by other Italian clubs, some British and Zenit St Petersburg," he told TuttoMercatoWeb.

Becali has been forced to speak on transfer speculation surrounding his client after reports that AC Milan had tabled a bid for the player.

However, he dismissed the claims out-of-hand, insisting talk of a move to the San Siro is ‘invention’ from the press in Romania.

"Steaua declined Milan's offer for Chiriches? It is absolutely not true. AC Milan have not yet submitted any proposal for the player. It is only an invention of the Romanian press,” he continued.

“I can confirm that Milan are following the boy, but they have never talked about money. Chiriches is a very strong player, a fast, modern defender. It is up to the Rossoneri (Milan) to make their evaluations and decide whether to step up their interest in January or in time for next season.

Following the change in manager at Stamford Bridge last month, it's unclear how busy Chelsea will be in the transfer window at the turn of the year.

Rafa Benitez is currently in charge in west London on an interim basis, with the Spaniard expected to be replaced on the King's Road at the end of the season.

It remains to be seen if owner Roman Abramovich provides funds for new players in January, but Chiriches would provide good competition at centre back alongside John Terry, David Luiz and Gary Cahill if he were to move to Chelsea.

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