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Chelsea open Atsu talks

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With Chelsea adding Brazilian Willian to a star studded midfield consisting the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, De Bruyne, Schurrle, Moses and Chelsea's Player of the Year Juan Mata, you could be forgiven for believing Chelsea's transfer business in terms of offensive midfielders could be over.

That is not the case however, as Chelsea have opened talks with Ghana international Christian Atsu from FC Porto, according to SkySports.

The fee is a very low sum believed to be in the region £3m due to the Ghanian having just one year left on his contract. Porto have attempted to open contract discussions with the player, but to now avail. Now the club are inclined to sell, otherwise Atsu could leave on a Bosman in January.

Atsu was reported to be a long-standing target for domestic rivals Liverpool in their search for another wide options, but a deal never materialised or gathered pace. Tottenham are another club to have been credited with interest, Andre Villas-Boas of course being Atsu's former manager.

Chelsea have surprisingly beat both clubs to the signing of Atsu and it is believed that the 21 year-old will be loaned back to Porto for the season. Atsu plays predominantly on the left and started to make a name for himself in the team two years ago.

There has been speculation of last seasons star man Juan Mata leaving due to the influx of offensive midfielder arriving at the club, either from being purchased or returning from loan, while Mourinho seemingly isn't a massive admirer of the Spaniard. He has only started one game this season and also had to make do with a place on the bench against Manchester United with Kevin De Bruyne taking his position.

Mourinho had been adamant that Mata is not for sale and will not be sold however and Atsu being loaned back to Porto might be an indication of whether Mata stays or goes this Summer.

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