Chelsea target Fredy Guarin has appealed to Inter Milan bosses to allow him to stay at the club but confirmed there is movement on a move to West London, and he will accept the decision.
Guarin joined Inter from Porto in 2012 but is the subject of an offer from Chelsea ahead of the January transfer window, according to The Independent's Charles Reynolds.
Fredy Guarin says talks are ongoing about a possible move to Chelsea, but says he is happy to stay at Inter Milan. http://t.co/AvsLoZW2Ka— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) December 23, 2013
Per ESPN FC's Ben Gladwell, Guarin told reporters:
There is some movement, I can't deny that, but I don't know what will happen, my agent is dealing with it. I'm just thinking about Inter and I hope that they bear in mind that I want to stay here.
I hope they keep what they have promised, which is that we will discuss a contract extension. That is what they have promised. I want to stay here, but if they feel they should sell me, then so be it.
Guarin has been a regular for Inter this season, using his powerful approach to good effect in an advanced midfield role. However, at Porto he was known for playing deeper in midfield, and it is that role that he would likely reprise were he to move to Stamford Bridge.
The Colombian, besides his physical attributes, is an excellent passer of the ball and would add much to a central midfield that has not performed to expected levels on many occasions this season.
While he has never played under Mourinho, it was under the Portuguese manager's former lieutenant Andre Villas-Boas that Guarin excelled in his time at Porto after an unspectacular start to life in the Liga Sagres.
Any decision to sign Guarin, though, would cast doubt upon the future of John Obi Mikel. Now 26, the Nigeria international has started just five league games this season and has too often failed to influence big games over the course of his seven-year career with the Blues.
Having arrived as a teenager with a considerable reputation, for a fee Soccerway quotes as being €23.6 million, there is no doubt that Mikel has never lived up to his initial promise.
With Frank Lampard now well into his 36th year and Michael Essien never having returned to his pre-injury form, Mourinho looks set to act to strengthen the club's midfield and Guarin is seen as the ideal solution to the club's problems.