Italian football was set to say goodbye to one of it's stars and say hello to a new face after reports emerged last week that Juan Cuadrado could be leaving and Mohamed Salad could be joining.
However, both deals look to be off now with Chelsea and Fiorentina both respectively ruling out sales this month. It was set to be a transfer merry-go-round, with Cuadrado swapping Fiorentina for Chelsea in a deal worth around £23 million, whilst Salah would leave Stamford Bridge in order to join AS Roma on a season-long loan until the end of the season.
Chelsea and Fiorentina were reportedly in advanced negotiations regarding the Colombian star, but Vincenzo Montella, the club's manager, has warned the board that if they sell the winger he will quit the club.
Montella is desperate for the club to keep hold of Cuadrado until the end of the season at least and according to numerous reports, they've already rejected a deal around £20.6 million.
Despite wanting to keep the Colombian and threatening to quit the club if they do sell, Montella may have no choice if Chelsea agree to meet Cuadrado's release clause. The 26-year-old has a £26 million release clause in his contract and if the Blues meet that, they would have no choice but to accept.
Schurrle and Salah
As for the outgoings at Chelsea, it was speculated that Andre Schurrle would be the man leaving to make way for Cuadrado, but Jose Mourinho revealed in his press conference that it would only take a phenomenal bid for the club to sell.
However, they haven't ruled out the departure of Salah, who could leave the club on loan until the end of the season. It was reported that Roma had agreed a deal with the west London outfit after agreeing to pay £750,000 as a loan-fee, but it now looks like that is not the case.
So despite all the reports and updates, it looks like for now, Cuadrado is staying in Serie A and Salah is staying in the Premier League.
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