The agent of Colombian striker Jackson Martinez has added fuel to the fire by insisting the rumours of Chelsea's interest is "no lie".
Martinez, who only moved to Atletico Madrid this past summer for £29 million from Porto, has struggled to make an impact in the Spanish capital.
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Diego Simeone is reportedly willing to allow the 29-year-old to leave on loan to help rediscover his form, as he has only scored three times so far this season.
Pompeo - when asked about the speculation - suggested that the west, rather than north, London club were in the driving seat to bring the player to England.
“I can’t say it’s a lie, this is football and nobody knows what the future holds," he said.
“What I can say is that Jackson isn’t a player who leaves a club unless it’s through the front door.”
The move would make sense for Chelsea and Guus Hiddink's side as they are lacking in firepower with Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Falcao.
However, two of the aforementioned strikers may not be at the club by the end of the January transfer window, if not almost certainly by the end of the season.
It is widely believed that Falcao will return to Monaco after a disastrous spell in England, with Manchester United and Chelsea.
And there is also a suggestion Diego Costa is currently unsettled with life in London and a move back to Atletico could be back on the cards, which may help the move of Martinez in the opposite direction.
Mauricio Pochettino is also rumoured to be keeping an eye on the situation as the Spurs' boss sees the centre-forward an ideal rotational partner for current England striker, Harry Kane.
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