Midfielder close to Turkey switch.
Turkish side Fenerbahce say Chelsea’s Portugal international midfielder Raul Meireles is having a medical at the club prior to a proposed transfer.
Fenerbahce can buy the 29-year-old after the British transfer deadline because the Turkish window is open until midnight on Wednesday.
Reports suggest an £8m bid has been submitted for Meireles.
A Fenerbahce spokesman told BBC Sport: “He is having a medical in Istanbul. We hope a deal can be completed.”
Meireles moved to Chelsea from Liverpool for a reported £12m on transfer deadline day a year ago.
He has scored six times in 38 appearances for the London club.
On Friday, Chelsea allowed midfielder Michael Essien to join Real Madrid on a season-long loan.
Chelsea are close to losing a second central midfielder in the space of a week, with Portuguese international Raul Meireles set to join Turkish outfit Fenerbahce. Meireles has been linked with a Stamford Bridge exit this summer but looked set to stay after the Blues allowed Michael Essien to join Real Madrid on loan on transfer deadline day.
The decision to sell the 29-year-old looks a slightly strange one. Meireles has been a solid if unspectacular performer at Stamford Bridge and his exit leaves Chelsea short centrally. Vice-captain Frank Lampard remains as enthusiastic as ever but, at 34, no longer has the legs to play every game, while Oriol Romeu, the promising Spaniard, has only played 15 times in league to date and still does not look ready for a regular first-team place.
That leaves Jon Obi Mikel and Ramires as the only consistently reliable central midfield destroyers and many Chelsea fans question whether the former is good enough to be at the club.
While they do look short on enforcers, there is no question Chelsea have enough creativity and flair, with Oscar, Victor Moses, Marko Marin, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Daniel Sturridge all competiting for wide places either side of Fernnado Torres.
It is a far cry from the Jose Mourinho era, in which Claude Makelele was so-good they named a position after him. This new Chelsea might have a great deal of attacking verve and pace, but there is definitely a soft centre that could prove their downfall.
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