22 Jan 2015

Chelsea close in on Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado

Chelsea are holding talks with Italian club Fiorentina with a view to signing Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado.

The London club are rumoured to have had an initial bid for Cuadrado of £20.6m turned down by the Serie A outfit, but the player’s agent is set to fly to London in an effort to broker a deal.

Cuadrado, who impressed for Columbia at last summer’s World Cup where he tied with Germany’s Toni Kroos for most goal assists, reportedly has a £26.8m release clause in his contract at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

The 26-year-old has scored 21 goals in 82 appearances for Fiorentina since joining, initially on loan, from Udinese in 2012.

His prospective arrival at Stamford Bridge casts further doubt over the futures of Mohamed Salah and Andre Schurrle, with the club reportedly awaiting improved bids from Roma and Wolfsburg respectively for their services.

Credit: Kieran O'Daly/SetantaSport

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