Barca linked with midfelder

first_imgBarcelona are interested in Chelsea prodigy Ruben Loftus-Cheek, according to the Daily Mirror.The midfielder, 16, is also said to have attracted interest from both Manchester clubs as he is yet to sign a contract at Stamford Bridge.Both The Guardian and Daily Mail say Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas’ recent comments to a Portuguese radio station did not go down well with the club’s hierarchy.Villas-Boas is said to have annoyed Chelsea officials.The Mirror and Sun both include pictures of Jose Mourinho in London, prompting speculation that the ex-Chelsea boss could return to his former club or succeed Harry Redknapp at Tottenham.The Sun believe Mourinho viewed five properties in the Knightsbridge and Mayfair areas and ate out in Chelsea.Chelsea’s contract talks with Didier Drogba have stalled after the player said he wanted an annual salary of £6m, say the Mail.Meanwhile, The Sun claim Walter Samuel’s refusal to sign a new deal with Inter Milan will spark a three-way fight for his signature between Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea.The Argentine centre-back, 33, is out of contract this summer but it is claimed he will demand £90,000 a week in wages.His agent Barry O’Connor said: “Ideally Walter would like to come to London but he will listen to all offers.”The Sun also say Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been putting in extra training sessions after being overlooked by England.Finally, The Independent pick up on a QPR website interview with club chairman Tony Fernandes, who has pledged to stay on if Rangers are relegated.Fernandes said: “I’m not going to run away. I started an airline with two planes, been through SARS, bird flu, a Tsunami, an earthquake, terrorism and airports closed for seven days.“Relegation isn’t going to scare me. It’s a long-term project and Rome wasn’t built in a day.“Along the way there will be hiccups. But when you look back in 15 and 20 years’ time, we will be proud of what we achieved.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img