Adrian Mutu set for short-term Fiorentina contract offer

Adrian Mutu to return to Fiorentina? (©GettyImages)

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Veteran Romanian striker Adrian Mutu is being linked with a surprise return to Fiorentina. The Serie 'A' club are considering offering the player a short-term contract after struggling for goals so far this season. (Radio Blu)

The 35-year-old has experienced an eventful career, filled with massive ups and downs; one of the lowest points coming when he failed a drugs test during a brief spell at Chelsea which resulted in a seven-month ban.

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The Blues took legal action against Mutu for a breach of his contract, and the disgraced star was eventually sacked at Stamford Bridge, forcing him to rebuild his career in Italy.

A brief spell at Juventus followed, but it was Fiorentina where he enjoyed the most success, scoring 54 goals in 112 appearances between 2006 and 2011.

And, a comeback could now be on the cards for Mutu upon the completion of the inaugural Indian Super League, where he has signed up to play this winter.

Chelsea gossip:

Chelsea will have to pay €35 million if they want to sign Juan Cuadrado as the Colombian winger verges on signing a new contract with Fiorentina. (La Nazione)

The 26-year-old is expected to put pen-to-paper on a new deal at Stadio Artemio Franchi which will have a buyout clause that might just tempt the wide-man's notable list of suitors - including Jose Mourinho!

West Ham United youngster Reece Burke has snubbed the advances of Chelsea to sign his first professional contract at Upton Park. (Daily Star)

The 18-year-old defender has attracted interest from a host of Premier League rivals, but Jose Mourinho and co. have been unable to convince him to leave the Hammers.

Chelsea are facing fresh competition for the signature of Sergio Ramos as Manchester City join the race to sign the Real Madrid defender. (Daily Star)

Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho have both managed the Spain international before, and will face off for the 28-year-old's services.

Chelsea are among a host of top Premier League clubs tracking West Ham whizkid Reece Oxford, with Jose Mourinho keen to lure the defender to Stamford Bridge. (The Mirror)

The 15-year-old - likened in playing style to Rio Ferdinand - has been tipped for a bright future in the game, but is yet to commit his future to the Hammers.

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