Chelsea are showing an interest in Internacional midfielder Charles Aranguiz who has also been watched by Manchester City, Arsenal, Marseille and Bayer Leverkusen. The 26-year-old was one of the stars of Chile’s successful Copa America tournament.
With his former club Universidad de Chile, Aránguiz was considered one of the best midfielders in the Chilean Primera División, with a good sense of tactics, impressive stamina and intelligent playmaking, marking and passing abilities. He can play as a defensive, centre or even as a right wing midfielder. He is described by FIFA’s official website as “a crafty, tigerish midfielder of the highest order, notable for his ability to win and distribute the ball, pick out passes and hit the back of the net”
On 11 January 2014, it was announced that Aránguiz was signed by Brazilian club Internacional on loan until 15 August 2014 from Granada CF, after its owner Giampaolo Pozzo, who also owns Udinese and Watford, had bought half of his rights from Universidad de Chile. Although he never played for the Spanish club, as he was quickly loaned to the Brazilian club and later sold.
He was named the MVP of the 2014 Campeonato Gaúcho as Internacional won the tournament for a record 43rd time.
On 11 June 2014, Charles Aránguiz’s purchase was announced by Internacional’s board in a joint transaction with investor Delcir Sonda for an undisclosed fee. Aránguiz signed a new contract which expires in June, 2018.
Mourinho has taken a shining to Aranguiz with the Express claiming that talks have begun between the Blues and Internacional, whom he has played 55 times for. Furthermore, ESPN reported last week the Blues have agreed a deal for the box-to-box superstar.