Chelsea have denied making a fresh bid for Milan’s European Player of the Year Andriy Shevchenko.

Manager Jose Mourinho has repeatedly claimed he has only one transfer target remaining this summer – Lyon midfielder Michael Essien.

Chelsea director of communications Simon Greenberg told the club website: “It is club policy not to comment on speculation linking Chelsea to players.

“However there are continuing, and totally incorrect, reports regarding Andriy Shevchenko that only serve to unnecessarily destabilise those players already at Chelsea.

“The club has made it quite clear that we are seeking to bring in one more player, and we have also made it clear that this will be a midfield player, if it happens.

“We are not seeking to sign a forward and we have total confidence in those we have.”

Essien himself expects to be at Stamford Bridge.

“I think the transfer will be made,” Essien has said. “I am convinced that I will go to Chelsea but in the meantime I am experiencing difficult times.”