Chelsea transfer latest: £34m striker a no go, Guarin pleaded to stay

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With the winter transfer market now open and three days old, the main protagonists involved in Chelsea's transfer activity have been realised.

Kevin de Bruyne is linked with a Stamford Bridge exit, with Wolfsburg his most desired location, yet the Bundesliga outfit and Chelsea differ on their valuation for the young winger - the latter are holding out for £25m.

Juan Mata is allegedly on the shopping list of Paris Saint Germain, Internazionale, Napoli and Juventus, with Manchester United even speculative admirers, but journalist Guillem Balague quashed the notion that the Spaniard wanted out.

As for imports, one player whose name continues to be written in the printed press is Fredy Guarin, a £15m-rated midfielder at Internazionale whose team-mate Ricky Alvarez has implored the Colombian to remain at the San Siro.

He is quoted by Sky Sports Italia to have said: 'I would be sorry if Guarin goes. He is an important player for us and has done very well. We would be sorry to lose a player like him, but we still don't know anything. Fredy is still with us and we must take advantage of him to the maximum.'

Another footballer in Serie A believed to be on Jose Mourinho's shortlist was Napoli goal poacher Gonzalo Higuain, who only transferred to Naples from Real Madrid for £34.5m six months ago.

'[Higuain] is a player that I know we cannot get, because he's a player who moved from Real Madrid to Napoli six months ago and he's adapting very well to Italy. Napoli's a club that normally doesn't sell. They want to win the [Italian] Scudetto and the Europa League, so I don't believe they are interested in selling,' Mourinho told reporters, today.

Considering the club have been allegedly preparing bids for Diego Costa or Jackson Martinez, fans may be disheartened to know Mourinho said today that: 'A striker is not the priority.'

And finally, Chelsea travel to Pride Park to take on Derby County in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday, January 5 and, for The Special One, it is a special competition.

'The FA Cup has a special feeling, a special meaning. I was lucky to win lots of trophies but to win the FA Cup at Wembley and feel what it means was one of my high moments in my career. I have a good feeling for the competition and the good things this country has in terms of football, we have to keep them.'

In their entire shared history, Derby and Chelsea's head-to-head could not be more even. They both have two wins, two draws and two losses. In 1988 they met, like on Sunday, in the third round of the FA Cup and Chelsea downed County by a 3-1 scoreline.

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