It has been revealed in Spain that Chelsea made an offer for 17-year-old Barcelona forward Seung-Woo Lee, who has been dubbed the ‘Asian Messi’.
Marca have reported that Chelsea were the first club to make an official approach for Lee, which was rejected by the South Korean, although the deal would have made him the highest-paid player of his age in England.
Bizarrely, as Barca have a FIFA investigation hanging over the club restricting the signing of players, Lee has signed a four year civil contract at the Camp Nou, not a sporting one.
However, it is believed that Lee has grown frustrated with life at Barcelona, kicking his heels on the fringes and only being able to feature in friendlies at club level.
Real Madrid are also said to be very interested in securing the services of the proclaimed future of Asian football.
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Cahill fighting for Chelsea future
One player who could be making an exit from Stamford Bridge at the end of the season is defender Gary Cahill.
The England international has been dropped since Tottenham’s emphatic 5 - 3 win over the Blues, with Kurt Zouma impressing in his place.
Cahill has also made clangers against Liverpool in the League Cup semi-final and in Chelsea’s shock FA Cup loss to Bradford City.
With John Terry most likely having just one more season left in him and Raphael Varane being linked with a move to SW6, Cahill will need to impress for the rest of the season to secure his future.
Juan Cuadrado delighted to make Chelsea move
Chelsea’s big January deadline day signing Juan Cuadrado has expressed his delight in making his £26.8 million move from Fiorentina to west London.
Cuadrado, who will wear the number 23 shirt, told the club's official website: “First of all, I’m very happy and grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given. This is a great club and honestly, it is like a dream to join the Chelsea family. It’s good to know the manager believes in me so I’m happy.”
The Colombian has set his sights on silverware, saying “We are a big club so winning important things. Playing for this team, of course, the league championship is, I think, the most important thing. As for everything else, Chelsea have big players so we want to win big things.”