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Thursday, 25 May, 2000, 11:19 GMT 12:19 UK
Chelsea admit Hasselbaink link
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
This weekend's Spanish Cup Final seems sure to be Hasselbaink's last game in Atletico colours
Chelsea have finally admitted that they are making moves to sign Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

The story has been widely reported over the last few days but until now there has been no confirmation from Stamford Bridge.

The Blues' managing director Colin Hutchison told Chelsea Clubcall: "We were given permission by Atletico to talk to his agent and open negotiations.

"That's as far as it's gone although we hope to take the matter further."

We were given permission by Atletico to talk to his agent and open negotiations; that's as far as it's gone although we hope to take the matter further

Colin Hutchison
But he added that "other clubs are going down the same road, it's well known in Spain that he is being linked to Valencia and Deportivo, who have won the championship, while the talk in Italy is of him possibly joining Lazio."

The Spanish newspaper AS earlier reported that the former Leeds player had agreed to join Chelsea from relegated Atletico Madrid.

However the Madrid club denied that any deal had been signed.

"We are aware of the rumours but cannot confirm whether Hasselbaink has signed or not signed for Chelsea, or for that matter with any other club," said a spokeswoman.

The deal would cost Chelsea a record fee, but the paper said the clubs have yet to agree an exact figure.

Atletico reportedly want 17.3m for the player, but Chelsea have offered 15.6m, according to AS.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Hasselbaink was a hit at Leeds but left under a cloud
However the most commonly quoted figure is 14m for the player who left Leeds last season for 12m.

Hasselbaink is currently with the Dutch national squad but his club are hoping he will return for this weekend's Spanish Cup Final for what looks likely to be a farewell appearance.

Although Atletico have had a terrible season in Spain, Hasselbaink has been a success, scoring 24 goals this season.

It still wasn't enough to prevent the Primera Liga club from being relegated.

Despite their place in this weekend's cup final - and the possibility of a Uefa Cup place - the Madrid club desperately need to raise cash from player sales.

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