When Chelsea reportedly had a bid of £13million for Fredy Guarin rejected last week, it seemed only a matter of time before the Inter Milan midfielder made his way to Stamford Bridge.
With the Italians said to be asking for an additional £2million, surely Jose Mourinho’s club would not balk at the extra expense. But the player had already thrown the move into doubt when openly declaring his happiness in Italy.
In quotes published by the Mirror, the Colombian said, “I haven’t spoken to Mourinho. My agent has done that. I hope that Inter are thinking about how much I really want to stay here.”
Well it appears they are, or at least that any suggested move for Guarin is not as likely as previously suggested.
Sky Sports has reported on an interview that Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio gave to Sky Sport Italia prior to his side’s match against Lazio earlier today.
In it, he confirmed that Chelsea had made contact about Guarin, but seemed to imply that even that extra £2million would not be enough to secure a deal.
“Denying the contacts with Chelsea would be denying the evidence,” Ausilo said. “It is a source of pride to talk with them about one of our players, but everything stopped there.
“We are happy Guarin could stay with us for a long time. We don’t have the intention to sell him. He’s an important player.”
If it really is that simple, then it appears Chelsea have missed out on their man; leaving Mourinho still searching for a new midfielder.
With Guarin vocal about his contentment in Italy, and with his sporting director now echoing those sentiments, it seems this is one rumour we can well and truly put to bed.
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