Chelsea join race to sign Charles Aranguiz

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Chelsea have joined the race to sign Chilean midfielder Charles Aranguiz - the international team-mate of Alexis Sanchez who previously declared that it would be a 'dream come true' to join Arsenal.

Jose Mourinho has been monitoring the 25-year-old closely and is considering an attempt to lure the South American schemer to Stamford Bridge ahead of the Gunners, even though he's made it quite clear that the Emirates would be his preferred destination.

Aranguiz currently plies his trade for Brazilian side Internacional, and although their sporting director Carlos Pellegrini denied the club has even considered cashing in on him, it will be difficult to keep hold of the player if either Premier League club comes calling.

"There is nothing formal to Chelsea or another club by Charles Aranguiz," Pellegrini was quoted saying by the Chilean edition of the popular Spanish sports outlet AS. "The Chilean is a key player on our team and we have not put on stage to let him go."

Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in the playmaker ever since the World Cup in Brazil last summer, but Aranguiz is yet to receive any formal contact from Arsenal, which has opened the door for the Blues to hijack the prospective transfer.

The Gunners boss had a perfect opportunity to run the rule over Aranguiz when he featured in the 1-0 friendly defeat against Brazil in north London last Sunday - a match where Chelsea scouts were also believed to be in attendance.

It's not exactly clear how much the player will cost with varying levels of valuations being quoted, however if the two English suitors get locked in a bidding war then there's only likely to be one winner.

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has spent multi-millions since buying the Blues in 2003 and is much more open to splashing serious cash on the playing squad than the typically frugal French coach has been across the capital, although Wenger's approach has altered slightly after paying significant amounts of money for Mesut Ozil and Sanchez in the past couple of seasons.

Filipe Luis wants Chelsea stay

Chelsea defender Filipe Luis has no plans to force a premature exit from Stamford Bridge, despite largely failing to convince Jose Mourinho he deserves a place in his starting XI.

The 29-year-old is Brazil's first choice left-back but the same can't be said at club level, where Luis has started just nine Premier League games since swapping Atletico Madrid for west London last summer.

Walcott move unlikely

Meanwhile, Chelsea's hopes of completing a surprise deal for Arsenal forward Theo Walcott have suffered a setback following reports that Arsene Wenger remains confident the England international will sign a contract extension at the Emirates.

The fleet-footed forward has been linked with a move away from north London in recent weeks after reports intimated negotiations had stalled due to the player demanding too much money, but they now appear to be inaccurate.

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