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Media Watch: Chelsea target Saul, Morris linked with Swansea job and Brazil legend praises Jorginho

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, the Blues are reportedly interested in signing Saul Niguez and Jody Morris is in line to become Swansea boss.

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

Chelsea linked with Spanish international

According to Marca, the Blues have contacted Atletico Madrid over a transfer for Saul Niguez.

The midfielder has been linked with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano, despite winning the La Liga title under Argentine boss Diego Simeone.

Thomas Tuchel is said to be behind the interest from the Champions League winners, and there’s not a great deal more on Liverpool’s interest, although the Reds are also linked by AS on Monday,’ the report states.

Saul has fallen out of favour in the Spanish capital and the arrival of Copa America winner Rodrigo de Paul will be an advantage for the Blues if reports of a move for the midfielder prove true.

Manchester United and Liverpool aren’t the only clubs interested in signing the 26-year-old. Barcelona were reportedly keen on doing a swap deal that included Antoine Griezmann.

Swansea contact Morris

According to The Athletic, former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris is the leading candidate to become the next Swansea City head coach.

Morris, who retired in 2013, has been away from football since he left Chelsea as Frank Lampard’s assistant coach in January.

The pair spent two seasons together, including a fantastic year at Derby County which saw them reach the Championship play-off final. Morris also spent a couple of years previously coaching at the Chelsea Academy, successfully winning trophies with our youth teams.

The 42-year-old retired in 2013 and featured for Chelsea, Leeds United, Rotherham United, St Johnstone and Bristol City during his playing career.

If Morris reaches an agreement with Swansea, he will be replacing Steve Cooper who left the Welsh side after two years in charge.

Brazilian legend praises Jorginho

Former Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos has praised Blues midfielder Jorginho.

Speaking in a report that was repeated in the Metro, the Brazilian spoke about the influence the 29-year-old has had on Chelsea and Italy after playing an important role in both sides’ European triumphs.

‘Any top team would miss Jorginho,’ he said. ‘He has technique, vision and this ice-cool calmness.

‘He always knows the best thing to do.’

The Brazilian-born passing machine has also been tipped as a potential candidate to win the Ballon d’ Or after the fantastic year he’s had.

‘He’s fantastic at winning back the ball,’ the former World Cup winner added. ‘His positioning is remarkable in that sense. Jorginho was decisive for Italy and Chelsea.

‘After he helped them win the Europa League and then the Champions League, the English fans ought to build a statue for him!’

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