All the latest Chelsea transfer news including Jose Mourinho apparently in contact with Real Madrid player, muscling in on Barcelona target and more.
Chelsea's Marko Marin is undergoing a medical at Fiorentina today. He'll move there on loan. (Source: violachannel) pic.twitter.com/h2vLSLOx0D— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) August 11, 2014
Above, another player on the fringes of the senior squad - Marko Marin - has been loaned out for the duration of the season as the 25-year-old appears to be enjoying his medical examination ahead of a temporary switch to Fiorentina.
Considering the German's age, the deal could include the prospect of a permanent move should the player impress in the Serie A, or such a clause could be mentioned in the discussions over the transfer of Juan Cuadrado, as Chelsea seemingly muscle in on a long-term Manchester United and Barcelona target.
Cuadrado is one of the most versatile players in world soccer, as he is adept at a multitude of positions including defender, wing-back, winger, attacking midfielder, wide forward and even as a striker. While Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal may deploy the Colombian on the right wing back berth, it is unclear what Blues boss Jose Mourinho's positional intentions would be.
What is clear, is that he would cost at least €40 million, as Fiorentina possess all the advantages with three elite-level football clubs pursuing the player.
Elsewhere, The Express intimate that Mourinho has been in contact with his former player at Real Madrid, Sami Khedira, a defensive-minded midfielder who has long been on the shortlist of transfer candidates at Arsenal.
The report's headline reads: "Jose Mourinho tells Sami Khedira to ignore Arsenal and join Chelsea for free next summer," which obviously implies that discussions have taken place.
The World Cup winning German's wage demands are estimated to be as low as £135,000 per week and £150,000 per week, but if he is bought in the current transfer window rather than acquired on a Bosman basis next summer, then a fee of £20 million would be applicable.
And finally, Mourinho has commented on the past - Frank Lampard - the future, Francesc Fabregas, and the entire club's readiness for their first Premier League fixture, to be contested against Burnley, on Monday week.
"Frank is the history of the club, history nobody can forget," he said on the club's official website. "Fabregas is the future; history is history but the future is more important at the moment. My opinion, and the opinion of my players, is that Fabregas is the right player to occupy that central position in midfield."
He continued: "In this last week we’ve had everybody together. We have to play the first league match next weekend and we will be ready for that."