How Chelsea Transfer Target Fredy Guarin Would Fit into Jose Mourinho's Plans

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistDecember 20, 2013

MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 01:  Inter Milan's  Fredy Guarin celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and UC Sampdoria at San Siro Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)
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It's a rumor that refuses to go away, and with recent developments, it seems Fredy Guarin is on his way to Chelsea.

A number of media outlets are reporting a transfer from Inter Milan to Stamford Bridge is imminent, including The Independent.

The newspaper claims Chelsea have pipped Manchester United to his signature and are expected to pay £15 million when the winter transfer window opens in January.

In the same report, it is explained Guarin's agent reportedly told Colombian radio station Caracol Radio that Chelsea are in talks with Inter.

"I can confirm Chelsea's interest in Fredy, and it's now up to the clubs to discuss a deal," said Marcelo Ferreyra. "We'll open talks once they have agreed terms."

"We have already been to London with Inter and met with Chelsea directors to make their interest formal."

So, who is Fredy Guarin, and where would he fit in at Stamford Bridge? Bleacher Report brings you all you need to know.

MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 04:  Fredy Guarin (R) of FC Internazionale Milano celebrates after scoring the opening goal with team mates Mateo Kovacic during the Tim Cup match between FC Internazionale Milano and Trapani Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Dec
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Who is He?

At age 27, Fredy Guarin has been a regular face in European football since 2006, when he made the move to French side Saint Etienne.

The move was initially on loan from Colombian outfit Envigado, with Saint Etienne making it permanent before the 2006-07 season was out.

He didn't remain in Ligue 1 for long after his full transfer—a year in fact—before Portuguese giants Porto brought him to Estadio do Dragao for an undisclosed fee.

It was there where he really caught the attention and impressed, joining Inter Milan in 2012. Similar to his move to France, it was initially a loan, but Inter had soon seen enough and snapped him up for a fee believed to be around £10 million.

It's proved good business, with Guarin becoming a key player at the San Siro in that time. And if the reports are to be believed, the Nerazzurri stand to make a tidy profit when they sell him on, too.

PORTO, PORTUGAL - AUGUST 19:  Fredy Guarin of FC Porto in action during the Portuguese Primeira Liga match between FC Porto and Gil Vicente FC held on August 19, 2011 at the Dragao Stadium in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Bruno Pires/EuroFootball/Getty Image
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Playing Style

Like many South Americans before him, Guarin is certainly a bag of tricks.

He is a player who enjoys running at the opponent, taking on his marker one-on-one and hitting teams where it hurts.

Indeed, he is a major source of creativity at Inter. He pops up all over the pitch, whipping in crosses, while he has a killer instinct when it comes to his passing, picking out teammates in dangerous positions and ensuring defences rarely have it easy.

Not only that, but the Colombian does the less glamorous things well. He is often seen tracking back, helping his team regain possession and also starting attacks from deep inside his own half.

It's a trait Mourinho has come to adore in Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Oscar, so it will no doubt be a contributing factor to the Chelsea manager courting him.

Guarin will need to work on his tackling, however, as he is prone to giving free-kicks away. That said, he could be ideal for the Premier League, where referees are far more lenient than their counterparts on the continent.

MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 08:  Fredy Guarin of FC Inter Milan and Gabriel Paletta of Parma FC (L) compete for the ball during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Parma FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 8, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Ph
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Do Chelsea Need Him?

Make no mistake, if Mourinho is tracking Guarin, his physical attributes will be a major reason why.

The Colombian is skilful and proves a real handful for defenders in Serie A week in, week out. He has a few other strings to his bow, though, with his strength on the ball a major asset.

Chelsea have appeared a little lightweight at times this term, so adding the 27-year-old to their number will bring a physical edge they are perhaps lacking in all areas.

The Blues have plenty of creative output, which Guarin will add to, bringing that edge with him in the process.

Guarin will slot into the Blues' current system, too, playing on either wing or through the middle. The only problem his arrival would give Mourinho is who he should move on right now, as Chelsea's midfield is packed with enough attacking talent as it is.


Make your own mind up on Fredy Guarin from his YouTube showreel.

Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent and will be following the club from a London base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here @garryhayes


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