Should Chelsea pay Fiorentina £27m to sign Juan Cuadrado?
In the past few days, you have all read reports of Chelsea's "interest" in Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado and the reported first bid by Chelsea of £20m being rejected. Now, speaking to the Italian club’s website, President Andrea Della Valle has revealed the fee to be paid to release the Colombian from his contract despite hoping that he would remain in Italy beyond this current transfer window.
He said: “The buy-out clause is there. We put it (buy-out clause) high in order to keep him (Cuadrado).
“I hope he will stay with us for a long time.”
It's a strange but very public move from Fiorentina. Why on earth would you publish the figure to release a player from a deal with you if you want him to stay?
I can only imagine that the player and his agent have come forward and told Fiorentina that they would like to leave so they are throwing the figure out there to see if anyone wants to match if even if at this stage, Chelsea do not?
So what of Cuadrado?
As you can see he is pacey, two-footed, has an eye for a goal and has a fair bit of skill about him. I do, however, question whether or not he would put a shift in without the ball which, after all, is what the manager demands from his players in those wide areas.
Do you think he is worth £27m and would he succeed in the Premier League?