Chelsea are on the verge of completing the signing of winger Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina and financing the move by selling Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg.
With the help of super-agent Jorge Mendes, manager Jose Mourinho intervened to help get the Cuadrado deal over the line, and there is an outside chance of the Colombian arriving in time to be in the Chelsea squad for the Premier League game against Manchester City tomorrow.
Chelsea are expected to pay around £23.3m, plus bonuses that will eventually meet the £26.8m release clause in Cuadrado's Fiorentina contract.
Personal terms have already been agreed, with Cuadrado due for a medical in London.
Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella had insisted Cuadrado would not leave the club this month, but now appears resigned to his exit.
Montella said: "He has the characteristics suited to English football because he's fantastic in positive transitions and with Mourinho it could be perfect."
Montella also left the door open for Chelsea's out-of-favour forward Mohamed Salah to swap clubs with Cuadrado. With Roma stalling on completing a loan deal that had been agreed in principle, Chelsea are prepared to allow Salah to join Fiorentina instead.
Schurrle asked Chelsea to lower their initial £27m asking price for him as he attempts to finalise a move back to Germany and the forward is now confident he will get his wish.
Wolfsburg - who hammered Bayern Munich 4-1 in the Bundesliga last night - travelled to London last week to hold talks over Schurrle and are working on completing a £20m deal. (© Daily Telegraph, London)