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Cuevas on the verge of Chelsea move; Mirallas wants Fellaini stay

Chelsea F.C. are in advanced talks with Chilean First Division side O'Higgins F.C. regarding the potential transfer of teenage sensation Cristian Cuevas.

European champions Chelsea are in advanced talks with Chilean First Division side O’Higgins F.C. regarding the potential transfer of teenage sensation Cristian Cuevas, according to the player’s agent Mauricio Valenzuela.

Earlier this week, O’Higgins confirmed that they had opened talks with the Blues over a potential deal for the 17-year-old starlet, while Chilean newspaper La Tercera reported that the youngster was set to complete his move to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Although the latter reports are not true, an agreement between Chelsea, O’Higgins and Cuevas’ representative Mauricio Valenzuela is close to being reached.

“The negotiations are very advanced with Chelsea,” Valenzuela told Al Aire Libre en Cooperativa.

“There are still a few details, but the situation is very advanced.

“We have been working on this for a while, the idea is that players can leave Chile and be successful.

“Chelsea had been following him for a couple of years, and the offer was made due to his good performances.”

The Chile Under-20 international, who has already enjoyed a successful trial at Stamford Bridge, could become the second Chilean starlet to join a big English Premier League club in two years, with Cuevas’ compatriot Angelo Henriquez having joined Manchester United from Universidad de Chile in the summer.

Henriquez, 18, is currently on loan at Wigan Athletic. The 18-year-old, who has already received the utmost praise from Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, scored on his Premier League debut against Sunderland after replacing Emmerson Boyce on 72 minutes.

Mirallas wants Fellaini stay

Belgium and Everton forward  Kevin Mirallas has urged his compatriot and club team-mate Marouane Fellaini to stay at Goodison Park amid ongoing rumours linking the 25-year-old with a sensational move to Chelsea, Sky Sports understands.

Fellaini, 25, invited the Blues to make an offer for him earlier this week, while insisting that he was still ‘happy’ at Everton.

In response, Mirallas — who joined the Toffees from Greek giants Olympiakos for a fee of £6 million in August 2012 — has reached out to his compatriot and club team-mate in order to convince him to stay on Merseyside.

“We definitely want him to stay,” Mirallas told The Sun.

“He’s a real strength. Having Marouane in your team helps because he scares the opposition – although he doesn’t scare me because we’re always on the same team!”

In addition, Mirallas revealed that Fellaini played a major role in his decision to make the switch from Olympiakos to Everton in the summer.

“He convinced me Everton was the place for me,” added the Belgium international.

Mirallas has made 18 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees this season, netting three goals and five assists, while Fellaini has tallied 11 goals and five assists in 24 matches.

Sun 10 February, 2013
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