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Chelsea, Man City intensify Kjaer pursuit

Chelsea and Manchester City are intensifying their pursuit of Palermo defender Simon Kjaer.

The Daily Star says scouts from Eastlands and Stamford Bridge watched Kjaer in Palermo's 2-0 Italian Cup defeat against Lazio on Thursday night.

Palermo previously insisted that Kjaer, who is reported to have an £11m release clause, won't be leaving until the summer at the earliest.

But Italian bosses Roberto Mancini and Carlo Ancelotti are ready to test the Serie A side's resolve to keep him. Kjaer is understood to prefer to stay in Italy until the end of the season to safeguard his hopes of playing in the World Cup.

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