With the January transfer window fast approaching, it appears the name of Fredy Guarin is one we should get used to.
The Inter Milan midfielder has been linked with Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea in recent days, with the words “transfer battle” thrown around by some media outlets.
The Express reported last week that Chelsea had pulled out of the race, leaving David Moyes and Guarin’s former Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas to scrap for the Colombian.
But Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport is now reporting that Jose Mourinho’s men are still very much in the frame…if they are prepared to dig a little deeper into their pockets, that is.
While Inter are reportedly holding out for €18million, Chelsea are said to be sticking at between €14 and €15million. But the same paper claims the Blues could return next week with an improved offer – and that perennial hypothetical makeweight David Luiz could play a part in ensuring the deal goes through.
With the Italians reportedly needing to sell before they can buy, Guarin’s departure is certainly possible. And with a price seemingly set, it is now down to Chelsea, along with United and Spurs, to decide if they are prepared to part with their cash.
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