Chelsea Set To Table €35m Bid For World Cup Star
Chelsea will launch a €35m move to sign Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado but will have to sell either Andre Schurrle or Mohamed Salah first, according to reports
With the January transfer in full swing, managers are strengthening their squads ahead of the second half of the season, so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Chelsea are linked with Juan Cuadrado….
Chelsea are set to launch a €35m move to sign Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado but will have to sell either Andre Schurrle or Mohamed Salah first, according to reports.
Schurrle and Salah have both been on the fringes of the Chelsea first team this season with Salah in particular struggling to get any regular action under Jose Mourinho, as the Egyptian has made just seven appearances in all competitions.
It’s led to intense speculation linking the pair with moves away from Stamford Bridge this month with the likes of Roma and Besiktas understood to be keen on signing Salah while Wolfsburg are reportedly linking up a £23m move to take Schurrle back to Germany.
Mourinho would prefer to keep the German international if possible but the Mirror claim he’d be prepared to cash-in for £30m as long as he has a replacement lined-up.
It appears the Portuguese coach has now identified his number one target as the Daily Mail are reporting that Chelsea are set to make a €35m (£26.8m) bid for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado.
The 26-year-old was strongly linked with a move to the Premier League in the summer after starring for Colombia at the World Cup, where he finished the tournament with the most assists alongside Germany’s Toni Kroos.
Cuadrado is capable of playing on either flank or as a wing-back, so he’d give Mourinho plenty of options if he does end up making the move to West London, while his hard work ethic is also likely to go down well with the demanding Blues boss.
Chelsea’s £26.8m bid will trigger Cuadrado’s release clause and if they can agree terms with the Colombian international and persuade Wolfsburg to part with £30m for Schurrle, then it means the Premier League leaders will actually turn a small profit.
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That would represent smart business for the Blues, particularly with the club conscious of meeting Financial Fair Play guidelines, while Mourinho will bring in a player who fits into his ethos more than Schurrle – whose failed to impress the Portuguese boss since he arrived at the Bridge last summer.
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