Chelsea and Barcelona were set to go head-to-head for Grasshopper’s Allan Arigoni this month with both sides seeing potential in the defender.
The 21-year-old has made 16 appearances at right back so far this season and impressed by laying on five assists for team-mates.
Arigoni has now opened up on the flattering links to two former Champions League winners, but insisted that he is only focused on his current side.
“It’s nice to know that such big teams are watching me,” he told Corriere Del Ticino.
“But I’m focusing on Grasshopper, the recovery of the championship, the trip to Chiasso. My focus is there.
“One thing I can say, anyway: as the news came out, my teammates started making fun of me — both in the locker room and on the field.
“But I certainly don’t let it go to my head. I remain a person with my feet on the ground.
“I keep my path tight. And I think of the Grasshopper. What will happen next, well, I can’t predict it.”
Blick reported earlier this week that Chelsea and Barcelona were the keenest of a list of clubs that are interested in signing the Switzerland youth international.
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The report claimed that the Catalan giants had even sent club legend Jose Mari Bakero to watch the player on a scouting mission, but no clubs are thought to have made an official bid.
Blues boss Lampard is open to making some signings in the last week of the January window, but he is prepared to carry on with his current squad.
He said: “I think the idea of January being a time to buy players, it’s difficult for everybody: for players coming in – especially if they’re coming from a different league – for the club and for the settlement of the group. I think that’s why we have to think ultra-carefully.
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