Jon Obi Mikel has denied making comments about a move to Galatasaray attributed to him in Turkey.
Chelsea’s Nigerian midfielder had been quoted as saying he was close to a move to the Turkish side, and that he had discussed it with their striker and his former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba.
But Mikel has denied giving the interview and insisted that he never said the words.
Chelsea are looking at midfield reinforcements this summer, as Jose Mourinho tries to put his stamp on the squad. The Independent reported earlier in the week they were seriously looking at Sevilla’s 20-year-old Geoffrey Kondogbia.
Chelsea are also thought to be keen on Wigan Athletic’s James McCarthy, likely to leave after Wigan’s relegation, and Marco Van Ginkel, the Holland Under-21 player currently at Vitesse.