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Juan Cuadrado could replace Willian in Chelsea's first-team

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Fiorentina are reportedly on the brink of losing one of their main stars in Juan Cuadrado, with Chelsea closing in on the deal.

We want to look at how the winger could possibly make an impact on a squad that is already boasting some of Europe's finest attacking talents.

Cuadrado Fact-File

First of all lets take a look at the player in question.

He is a 26-year-old winger who is known for his lighting pace and his dazzling footwork on the ball, which makes him a real handful for anyone attempting to mark him.

Since moving to Fiorentina back in 2012 from Italian side Lecce, Cuadrado has gone on to make 84 appearances, scoring 26 goals in all competitions along the way.

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As well as a real star for his club, the winger is one of Colombia's most exciting players and he demonstrated his talents last the summer during the Brazil World Cup, where his country went on to reach the quarter-finals before being knocked out by the hosts.

Despite falling short in the competition, Cuadrado ended with the tournaments joint-highest assists along with Germany's Toni Kroos. The duo set up four goals a piece.

Transfer Reports

Lets now move on to talk about the potential transfer. According to numerous reports, this deal looks likely to take place this month, with representatives from both parties in negotiations.

Fiorentina are hopeful they can hold out for around £35 million for the winger, but some are claiming that Chelsea have offered only £20.6 million as their opening offer, which has been rejected.

It's believed Cuadrado's agent is flying to London in order to hold talks with Chelsea and will try and convince them to up their offer so that the deal can go through. As of yet, nothing formal has come from either clubs or the player himself, but according to numerous reports, talks are ongoing.

Chelsea's Options

So with another attacking-option likely to come through the door, lets see how the Colombian could possible fit into Chelsea's already deadly side. Well if Cuadrado does come to Stamford Bridge, expect at least one leaving and that player is likely to be Andre Schurrle.

The World Cup winner has failed to cement a first-team spot under Jose Mourinho and is getting frustrated with the lack of football at the club. Wolfsburg are reportedly very keen on signing the midfielder and are eagerly monitoring the situation.

Possible movers

Another possible departure could be Mohamed Salah. The 22-year-old player has really failed to settle in London and a winger that's failed to show why he is dubbed the Egyptian Messi.

Brought in from FC Basel, Salah is known as a tricky winger with bags of pace and ability, but lack of first-team football has really dampened his progress and several clubs across Europe are now ready to resurrect his career.

So with Schurrle and possibly Salah out of the picture, that leaves Cuadrado with a strong chance of at least making Chelsea's match-day squad, but lets see if he could oust his way into the first-team.

First-team chances

Chelsea's current midfield sees Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas controlling the central part. This will remain the same and Cuadrado won't have any impact on these two stars. However, the Colombian may mix it up in the three ahead of the holding midfielders.

Currently, Mourinho deploys Oscar, Willian and Eden Hazard, who play just behind Diego Costa. Hazard is pretty certain of a first-team spot because of his consistency and his overall talent, whilst Mourinho has a big liking for Oscar due to his work-rate.

So that leaves Willian, and this is where Cuadrado may come in. Since joining from Anzhi Makhachkala back in 2013, Willian has made 46 appearances for the Blues, scoring five Premier League goals, but his performances have not really been top-notch like the two stars sitting next to him.

If Cuadrado wants to break into the Chelsea first-team, it's likely that he will take the place of the 26-year-old and form a trio with Hazard and Oscar.

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