Chelsea agree Juan Cuadrado deal
Premier League leaders Chelsea have agreed to sign Juan Cuadrado for a reported fee of 33.4 million euros from Fiorentina. Out-of-favour winger Mohamed Salah will be moving in the opposite direction on an 18-month loan deal.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Cuadrado’s agent is in London to reach an agreement with the English club, who are keen to sign the Colombian versatile midfielder. Chelsea has been linked with the player in the recent weeks, but the Italian side were firm in their decison that the player would not be allowed to move for less than his 35 million euros release clause
However, Chelsea has now reached an agreement by including the Egypt International as part of the deal. Salah, who joined the Blues last January from Basel, had a loan agreement in place with another Italian club, AS Roma. But Chelsea halted the move, once they learned about Fiorentina’s interest in the 22-year old.
According to Firenze Viola, Cuadrado has already said his goodbyes to his friends in Tuscany and is flying out to London this evening. It is reiterated that the Blues are accelerating plans to complete his capture, ahead of a medical tomorrow, with a contract at Stamford Bridge ready to be signed.
Chelsea are planning to complete the deal as soon as possible, so as to have Cuadrado in the squad for this weekend’s important match with Manchester City.