It appears Chelsea will make a move or two during the winter transfer period despite Mourinho’s statements which point towards the fact no new players will join the Blues this January. Fredy Guarin who is under contract with Inter until 2016 could be the best alternative to replace 35 year old Frank Lampard and injured youngster Marco van Ginkel who is out until the end of the season.
According to Metro, the Colombian could be tempted to move to London in order to have a better chance at performing in the Champions League. Inter are now 4th which only grants them access to the Europa League competition. Chelsea’s offer, according to rumors, is somewhere around 15 million pounds which might be enough for Inter who are not in their best financial period. The Italian club would make a profit considering they bought Guarin from Porto for well under 10 million pounds.
Chelsea will have to outbid Manchester United who also look interested in getting the Colombian midfielder’s signature. David Moyes apparently sent the club representatives to try and secure the 27 year olds’ signature even before the winter transfer period. Despite their efforts, the Blues may have the advantage because they have reportedly tabled a more generous offer when it comes to the player’s salary.
Guarin has also generated interest from Liverpool and Tottenham after repeatedly stating his dream is to perform in the Premier League. He would be a great addition for the Blues if you consider Mikel and Essien’s poor performances over the past weeks. The Colombian has a strong physique and can be an excellent box-to-box player which would help out Chelsea’s defense a lot plus he can act as a playmaker, passing and shooting with both feet.
It is a bit strange though Mourinho would want to bring yet another midfielder to Stamford Bridge. His team has bigger issues when it comes to scoring and conceding goals. The Blues have been in desperate need of a striker since Drogba left. Hopefully, if Jose does add Guarin to the squad then they also add a striker and with Guarin reportedly in London over the past couple of days to have discussions and look at the city, a winter move seems more and more likely for him.