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Juan Cuadrado joins Chelsea from Fiorentina
By Andrew Scott Friday, 30 January 2015 07:46
Vincenzo Montella, Fiorentina coach, said that Juan Cuadrado joined the ranks of Chelsea. Bookmaker software services believe that the club made a very wise decision in adding the player to their ranks, and fans all over the world must be very excited to see him join the Blues.
Sources reported that Cuadrado continues to be in Italy, but on Saturday morning he’s set to fly on a private plane to London so he can hold talks and receive a medical.
Fiorentina are set to get £23.33 million, as well as a bonus that sums up to the 26-year-old’s release clause of £26.34m with Mohamed Salah, the Blues’ out-of-favour forward who’s going the other way on a loan
When Montella was asked on Friday about the Colombian player potentially making a move to join the leaders of the Premier League, he said: “It was a sale that had to be done. The club has done the right thing because we are also getting a very good player.
“Naturally, we need to understand how long Salah will need to adapt to our football as it’s different from the English and Swiss leagues.
“From a defensive standpoint, Cuadrado guarantees us a lot more than Salah. Cuadrado is a player that has always arrived with a smile and given everything to Fiorentina.
“I am convinced that if he could have played tomorrow he would have. I’m happy for him because he is going to a big club.”
Then he was asked if Fiorentina got weaker due to the player’s contract: “We’ve lost a top player but I see similar characteristics in Salah. I don’t think it’s a step backwards.”
The Colombian, who was seen by the Blues as a replacement for Andre Schurrle – forward who’s getting close to moving to Wolfsburg, joined the ranks of Fiorentina in 2012 from Udinese, and since then the player was a regular at the club.
This season, Cuadrado was able to score on four occasions, and he set up four additional goals in 17 appearances that he made in the league for the Serie A side.
For Colombia, Cuadrado, like James Rodriguez, was one of the players who stood out in Brazil’s World Cup last year, impressing fans and the bookmaker software services alike with his fantastic skills on the pitch, so it’s no wonder that a club like Chelsea would be interested in acquiring his services.