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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 July, 2003, 10:07 GMT 11:07 UK
Van Bommel makes Chelsea claim
Mark van Bommel
Van Bommel has previously been linked with a move to Arsenal
PSV Eindhoven midfielder Mark van Bommel has revealed he is being chased by Chelsea.

The Stamford Bridge club had a 17.5m bid for Roma's Brazilian star Emerson rejected on Tuesday.

And Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri may now decide to pursue Van Bommel, who would be a cheaper alternative.

"The ambitions of Chelsea, as I see them, are looking great," said Van Bommel.

"However, I will speak with them only after the clubs have reached an agreement.

"And even then I first want to look around in London and at the Chelsea stadium.

"But their ambitions sound good. Chelsea at last want to make a real effort to win the championship and they want to have a serious role in the Champions League too," he told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Van Bommel's representative Karel Jansen revealed that the player was pleased to be linked with Chelsea and could be set to leave Holland.

"It's just a rumour, but it's quite a pleasant rumour for Mark," Jansen told this website.

"He has always been clear that when he leaves PSV it will be for a top club in Europe, and Chelsea come into that category.

"He is the right age to leave, he is a permanent player in the Dutch national side and he has played a lot of Champions League football.

"But if clubs cannot agree on a price, it will also be no problem for Mark to stay at PSV," Jansen added.

PSV are understood to be looking for a fee of 10m for Van Bommel, capped 15 times by his country.

Our philosophy is that no player, including Eto'o, should leave the club
Mateu Alemany
Real Mallorca president

Meanwhile, Real Mallorca president Mateu Alemany has played down reports linking his club's star player Samuel Eto'o with a 15m move to Chelsea.

Chelsea have reportedly put in a major offer for the Cameroon international, who has been the subject of intense transfer speculation with Valencia and Barcelona also tracking him.

"The only people who are in a hurry are the clubs who want to sign Eto'o," Alemany told El Diario de Mallorca.

"Nobody can say he is a discovery after all he has done and our philosophy is that no player should leave the club."


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