Juan Cuadrado is on the verge of completing his protracted transfer to Chelsea after the Colombia international shared a farewell message to current employers Fiorentina via his official Instagram account.
Cuadrado is set to become the first and, perhaps, final signing for Chelsea in this January transfer window with the deadline now in sight, and the Premier League leaders are expected to pay a fee rising to £26.8 million.
Fiorentina manager Vicenzo Montella confirmed on Friday that the 26-year-old’s departure had been sanctioned by the club, and now the player himself expressed his gratitude to supporters ahead of the switch to Stamford Bridge.
He said: “Now I expect a new road. New emotions. New objectives.
“But Fiorentina will always be in my heart!”
It would appear likely that the deal for Cuadrado will not be confirmed by Chelsea until Andre Schurrle is moved on, with the German’s transfer enabling the club to continue to fall in line with UEFA’s financial regulations.
Schurrle will reportedly join Wolfsburg, who beat Bayern Munich in stunning fashion on Friday evening, although has been included in the Chelsea squad to face Manchester City on Saturday.
The 24-year-old joined Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer transfer window of 2013 but has failed to establish himself as a regular in Jose Mourinho’s first-choice XI.