Jose Mourinho gives Chelsea transfer update before Bradford tie

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Chelsea face Bradford City in the FA Cup this weekend but much of the club's focus remains on the January transfer window.

Having insisted that Chelsea are not interested in buying or selling this month, reports in the last week claimed they were close to agreeing a deal for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado, with Egyptian attacking midfielder Mohamed Salah heading to Serie A.

We'll get to both shortly. First, Jose Mourinho is reportedly set to rest several of his first-team players for the match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

John Terry will take a breather as Mourinho turns to Kurt Zouma, while Diego Costa could also start from the bench against the Bantams.

Loic Remy and Didier Drogba are both available, and one should get the nod. There's also little reason for Mourinho to risk Thibaut Courtois, who's coming back from injury, so Petr Cech is likely to continue in goal.

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In his pre-match press conference, the Chelsea boss addressed speculation linking the club with Cuadrado. Reports have suggested a bid is forthcoming from the Blues but Mourinho knocked that back.

"He's a Fiorentina player," Mourinho said. "You ask me 20 names, if I don't know them, trouble. My son knows them! It's my job.

"I think he fits well in the Fiorentina squad, and Colombia, not in the Chelsea squad."

Fairly definitive from Mourinho, but we wouldn't put it past him to clinch a deal before the window shuts. The Chelsea boss confirmed as much, saying that the Stamford Bridge club may enter the market if Mohamed Salah or Andre Schurrle leaves.

Which brings us on to another hot Chelsea transfer rumour - the future of Egyptian winger Salah. The former-Basle star has been nothing more than a fringe player for Chelsea this season, and has been linked with a loan move to AS Roma.

The Guardian reported last night that the Italian champions had agreed a £550,000 loan fee for Salah, with an option to make the move permanent for £11m.

Mourinho could not guarantee that Salah or Schurrle would be Chelsea players come February 3rd, but both will play against Bradford this weekend.

Asked if Schurrle and Salah will be Chelsea players after the transfer window, Mourinho said: “I cannot say that. The window is open, but what I can say is I like them, I need them and I trust them. I cannot select the same 18 players every game, I only can play 11. Salah is not playing a lot, Schurrle more than him.

The question is to have a phenomenal offer and a player to be super keen to accept a new challenge in his career - Jose Mourinho

“I don't know if a deal is to happen. If my club tells me we have a certain offer for a certain player we think is a good movement for us, because we work in the rules of Financial Fair Play….sometimes we have needs, like we had in the past transfer windows where we sold some players.

“The club doesn't move. We don't move. Our desire is to keep the same squad, which reflects that we are happy with the players, that we are happy with the work we did in the summer to prepare the season and reflects the trust we have in the group.

"If possible, we don't want to be involved in the transfer window. If we have to be, it's because somebody pushed us with some offer for our player.

“The question is to have a phenomenal offer and a player to be super keen to accept a new challenge in his career. We don't want to sell our players.”

So there you have it, the latest transfer round-up and team news update ahead of Chelsea's game against Bradford this weekend!

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