English Premier League challengers Chelsea are reported to be closing in on signing Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin.
The Colombian, who was Jose Mourinho's prospect during his tenure with Real Madrid, would be a welcome addition at Stamford Bridge as the Blues try to boost their chances of winning the League.
With Marco van Ginkel sidelined with a long-term injury, lack of reinforcement in the middle of the park is a problem for Chelsea, with the ageing Frank Lampard seeing extended action along with Brazilian playmaker Ramires.
The Blues immediately made a formal move after Manchester United expressed their desire to acquire the 27-year-old.
Inter's technical director Marco Branca was reported to have flown to London last week to discuss business with their counterparts from the west London club.
Local reports in Italy state that the parties are nearing with agreeable terms, with the price tag set at £15million.
Guarin provides physicality and pace, while also having a knack for goals through long-range efforts and is able to create opportunities for his teammates.
He has recorded 3 goals and 3 assists in 16 appearances in the Serie A for the Nerazzurri, thus far.