Chelsea are running out of time to sign Juan Cuadrado, with a deal only feasible if they can offload either Mohamed Salah or Andre Schurrle on a permanent basis.
According to the Evening Standard there’s issues to be overcome if Jose Mourinho wants to sell either man, and that looks set to become a problem with his bid to sign Cuadrado, with time rapidly ticking away prior to the end of the January transfer window.
Difficulties in selling
It’s said that Salah only has two potential suitors, Serie A’s AC Milan and Fiorentina, though neither side are looking to purchase on a permanent deal, and the latter want to take him on loan, as was relayed yesterday. However if the Egyptian leaves temporarily and doesn’t impress he will return in the summer, leaving Mourinho with a surplus of attackers.
In Schurrle’s case it’s said that VfL Wolfsburg want to take the Germany international on loan until the end of the season, before deciding then whether or not to pursue a permanent deal.
Similarly Borussia Dortmund, who are also in the hunt for his signature, want to wait until the end of the season before seeing if Marco Reus stays or goes.
End of the line for Cuadrado deal?
At the moment the predicament suggests that a deal for Cuadrado is further down the pipeline than many would have believed in recent days.
Speculation inferring that the 26-year-old had told his club he wants to make a Stamford Bridge switch is still feasibly correct, but that doesn’t mean they’re willing to drop their demands of around £26 million - the value of a release clause fluctuating due to the rise and fall of the Euro’s worth.
Presently it’s been said the Blues aren’t willing to pay that sum, and are vying to negotiate a deal for less. Were this the summer window then that would be well and good, but with the two parties having only until February 2 for an agreement to be reached there are heavy constraints placed upon the deadline, and with so many factors yet to be resolved it’s fair to assume Mourinho is preparing to turn to number two target Douglas Costa.