Chelsea hold talks with Croatia star

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Shakhtar Donetsk star Darijo Srna has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for the past six months, and the player himself has now admitted that talks with Chelsea over a move have taken place.

Srna is currently preparing to face Chelsea's London rivals Arsenal in the Champions League tonight, but could be facing them on a more regular basis very soon.

Srna has just 7 months remaining on his current contract at Shakhtar, and the latest rumours are suggesting that the right-back could join the Blues as early as January so he can integrate himself into the team in preparation for next season.

Because of Srna's contract situation, the 28-year-old has been the subject of numerous rumours linking him with many of the top clubs across Europe, but he is happy to admit that negotiations with Chelsea have taken place when asked.

Srna was quoted yesterday as saying: "There is a difference between newspaper headlines and what really goes on. Maybe 70 to 80 per cent of the time its true, there were talks, especially with Chelsea."

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is not expected to spend big in the January transfer market, but is reported to be very keen on signing a top, experienced player on a free transfer. Srna is one of numerous right-backs being linked with Stamford Bridge, but his availability is expected to make him a top target.

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