Chelsea are considering a summer bid for Fiorentina star Adem Ljajic. Tutto Mercato Web believes the 21-year-old has also attracted attention from the Viola's domestic rivals, AC Milan. Ljajic is out of contract with the Serie A club in 2014.
The Serbian international has had a good season with Vincenzo Montella's side and has eight goals and as many assists from 27 league appearances so far. It is understood Stamford Bridge chiefs have monitored Ljajic for some time now.
The player's agent, Fali Ramadani, has admitted interest in his client but denied contact from either Milan or Serie A champions Juventus.
"The Ljajic contract? It expires in 2014 and I just want the best for him. Some offers have come for Adem and I will speak with Fiorentina about them," Ramadani told La Gazzetta dello Sport, adding, "The renewal? We'll meet at the end of the season. AC Milan and Juventus interested? I have not had any contact... I don't know anything about an interest from these clubs."
Despite the speculation, Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade remains optimistic the Serbian will sign a contract extension.
"Adem has expressed a desire to stay here and I think there won't be problems with the contract," Sky Sports quoted Prade as saying.
Jesus: Benfica Deserved to Win
Meanwhile, Benfica manager Jorge Jesus has hit out at the result of Wednesday evening's Europa League final. Chelsea beat the Portuguese club 2-1 at the Amsterdam ArenA, with Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic scoring in injury time for the Premier League club.
Spain striker Fernando Torres gave Rafael Benitez's side the lead but Paraguayan Oscar Cardozo levelled matters eight minutes later. Benfica appeared to be the better side on the night, meaning Jesus may have cause to feel aggrieved over the result.
"Chelsea came back in the same manner as Porto did [at the weekend]. We conceded a goal from a set-piece at the very end. And even after we equalised, we created a chance which we should have taken. We played a great game, but football punished us in a game which, on the basis of how we performed, we should have been the winners of," the 58-year-old said.