Juan Cuadrado keen on Chelsea move

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Juan Cuadrado is believed to be keen to move to Chelsea - but Jose Mourinho must first offload Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah.

The Guardian reports that a deal to take Salah to AS Roma is all but complete, as Roma have agreed to pay £550,000 to sign him on loan until the end of the season, when they then have the £11m option to make the move permanent.

As for Schurrle, Jose Mourinho has made it clear the German international is not in his plans and while there has been no offers forthcoming so far this month, there's thought to be real interest from Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund.

Negotiations with Fiorentina regarding the arrival of Cuadrado are ongoing, but Mourinho is keen to get all three deals wrapped up before the end of the month to strengthen his options heading into the final leg of the Premier League season.

Salah and Schurrle have been squad players for Chelsea this year, but Mourinho believes Cuadrado would give him a real high quality alternative to Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian when the Champions League resumes in March.

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Fiorentina are holding out for the full £26m, and Chelsea will have to offload Schurrle before they can afford to meet such an asking price.

The deal for Salah is much closer, with Roma reportedly willing to take on Salah's full wages for the reminder of the campaign.

A dispute over the player's representation had threatened to scupper the deal, as there was some confusion over the role of football agent Oliver Kronenberg. He is now readying a complaint to FA as he believes he has been sidelined from the deal.

But Salah has written on his Twitter account that Kronenberg does not represent him, and is in fact his 'ex-agent'.

As well as Roma, there was interest from David Moyes's Real Sociedad in the Egyptian international, but the Serie A giants have moved first.

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