Turkish interest in Chelsea ace

Chelsea midfielder Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles could be on his way out of Chelsea after Turkish club Fenerbahce expressed strong interest in signing the midfielder.

The Turkish transfer window is still open and the Istanbul club’s president Aziz Yildirim is keen to land a big name in the next few days. Meireles is top of Yildirim’s list of targets and he has already opened negotiations with Chelsea about the Portugal international. Talks are at an advanced stage and Fenerbahce officials are confident of getting their man, reports Turkish newspaper Vatan. A ‘pre-agreement’ is said to have been reached between the two clubs, with the only issue still to be decided the exact fee to be paid for the player.

Meireles, who only moved to Stamford Bridge from Liverpool in August 2011, appears unlikely to be a regular member of Roberto Di Matteo’s starting line-up this season, following Chelsea’s summer spending spree. However, he may still be required as cover following the decision to allow Michael Essien to move to Real Madrid on loan.