Chelsea could also do with options up front, and have been monitoring the 25-year-old for a long time. The idea, however, is that they want to sign the Colombian this June, not in January.
The Blues want to monitor the ex-Udinese man for long before truly trusting him with a 28 million transaction, which is his release clause.
Thing is, it took Muriel a long time to get to this point, having struggled with inconsistency for a long while.
It now appears to our sources, moreover, that both Muriel and agent Alessandro Lucci want him to remain in Genoa for a few months more. The Colombian feels like he’s in the right environment, and is being treated well by the team, the club and the fans. He isn’t in a hurry, which explains why the Napoli option is less likely.
Thing is, Sampdoria may not have much leverage, seeing as Chelsea to pick up their man for the £24m price-tag.