Chelsea are set to confirm Juan Cuadrado’s arrival from Fiorentina for an initial fee of £23.3 million over the weekend, reports The Guardian.
Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella has admitted that the talented winger will sign for the Blues if he completes a medical with the club. Mohamed Salah, meanwhile, will head to Fiorentina on loan until next season, with Chelsea paying his wages.
Ins and Outs
Throughout the course of the season, Jose Mourinho has maintained that any arrivals would come with caveat of departures, and it seems that the majority of Cuadrado’s fee will be offset by Schurrle’s imminent transfer to Wolfsburg.
The World Cup winner has found a starting berth difficult to find this season - with only five starts - and will return to Germany after undergoing a medical with Wolfsburg.
There he will probably find a suitable home, and the starting place that he craves for a team that currently sit second in their league.
Cuadrado - who was so impressive last summer at the World Cup - is expected to sign a four year deal, with a view to featuring against Aston Vila in two weeks.
Montella Praises professional
Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella, meanwhile, has praised Cuadrado ahead of his move to Stamford Bridge as he told reporters:
“I want to be honest: it [the sale of Cuadrado] was something that had to be done. I am sorry because technically he is such a good player but the club has made the right decision. We get a great player in Salah.
“Is it a distraction? We are used to it. We can’t use Cuadrado’s exit as an excuse for tomorrow’s game. He is an ultimate professional and I am happy for him because he is joining a big club.”