Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Christian Atsu in Advanced Talks with Blues

Ben Blackmore@@Blackmore_BRFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2013

Jose Mourinho looks set to add yet another attacker to his Chelsea squad after taking a significant step toward the capture of Porto star Christian Atsu.

Mourinho already has £30 million Brazil international Willian heading to West London, but now he has entered advanced talks with Ghanaian talent Atsu, according to Sky Sports.

Atsu, who is available for a fee in the region of £3.5 million, is seen as one of the brightest talents on the continent, currently plying his trade at Porto.

Sky Sports' Pete O'Rourke claimed that he had been targeted earlier in the summer by Liverpool, but Brendan Rodgers opted not to commit to what appears a relatively low fee.

Mourinho is now “closing in” on the winger according to Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror, who reports that Atsu will head to London for a medical and to thrash out personal terms.

It is yet another strange move in the transfer market from Mourinho, who already has a squad bursting at the seams with attacking talent to play behind a striker.

Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Andre Schurrle, Juan Mata, Oscar and Victor Moses can all play in the three slots behind the lone forward, and Willian will soon add to that mix.

The arrival of Atsu could push last season’s Player of the Year, Mata, closer to the exit door, with Arsene Wenger keen to take the player to Arsenal, as John Drayton of the Daily Mail reports.

And Atsu’s arrival could also have implications for Liverpool, who are linked with a £2 million move for former Wigan man Victor Moses by Peter Guy of the Liverpool Echo.

Moses is believed to be on wages of around £55,000 per week, which explains the low fee as Chelsea attempt to balance their books in anticipation of Atsu's capture.