Chelsea transfer news round-up: Interest in defender dropped, Conte snubbed by target while starlet loaned out

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Chelsea are expected to be busy this summer, but as Antonio Conte focuses on Euro 2016, moves for their top two Serie A targets seem to be on the ropes.

The Premier League giants are set for changes ahead of next season, and speculation has linked them with a whole host of names from around Europe.

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Chelsea drop interest in Antonio Rudiger 

The German international was set to feature at Euro 2016 this summer, but suffered a serious knee injury earlier this month and was ruled out.

It had been claimed that Chelsea were still interested in the Roma defender, but according to Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, they are now ‘very unlikely’ to sign him this summer.

[Rudiger to Chelsea is now] very unlikely, after the bad injury.”

Radja Nainggolan unlikely to join Chelsea

Speaking at the Belgium training camp as they prepare for the last-16 of Euro 2016, the Roma midfielder has dealt Conte another blow by suggesting that he’s happy at Roma and won’t push for a move this summer.

“I said to him [Roma President James Pallotta] I love where I am playing so why not stay?

“Chelsea were talking but at the moment there is nothing. The Premier League is a big competition, it’s lovely, but I think sometimes in life you need to make choices, and all I can say is that I am happy where I am.”

Romelu Lukaku remains coy on future

Staying in the Belgian camp, the Everton striker has been linked with a return to Chelsea this summer, but was keeping his cards close to his chest on Friday.

“It’s my agent who is dealing with that aspect,” Lukaku told Sky Sports News HQ. “I’m just focused on Belgium, and the most important thing is helping my team.”

Meanwhile, The Telegraph have suggested that Everton will offer Lukaku a new contract worth over £100,000-a-week to convince him to stay at Goodison Park.

Lewis Baker sent back out on loan

Chelsea have also confirmed that Lewis Baker is to spend a second season out on loan at Vitesse Arnhem.

The 21-year-old made 34 appearances for the Dutch side last season, and will return ahead of next year as part of the ongoing agreement between the two clubs.

Baker has yet to feature for the Chelsea senior side, but he will hope to continue to impress and return to Stamford Bridge next year with a view of getting a chance to show his worth.

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