Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado has reportedly told the club he wants to leave in order to join Premier League side Chelsea, according to the Daily Express.
The Colombian international has been hot-topic in recent weeks, with his future dominating the transfer news and rumours.
However, according to new reports, he has now told the Serie A outfit to sell him as he wants to leave the club and join Chelsea in order to further his career.
The 26-year-old has been at Fiorentina since 2012, when he moved from Serie A rivals Udinese, but after an impressive World Cup, he has been a wanted figure across Europe. Cuadrado was one of the stand-out performers for Colombia, who were eventually eliminated by hosts Brazil, but his performances didn't go unnoticed and he was hotly tipped for a move away from Italy.
Over the summer, Manchester United were very interested in signing the Colombian, but no deal was formalised and he remained at Fiorentina.
However, he is now ready to leave the club after the recent interest shown by Chelsea. According to numerous reports, Cuadrado's agent has been in London in order to hold talks with the Premier League leaders, and he is trying to convince the club to meet Fiorentina's asking price.
It's believed The Blues have already had a £20.6million bid rejected. Earlier this week, Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella threatened to quit the club if they sold Cuadrado this month, but he then admitted that they would be powerless to stop the winger if his release clause is met.
Cuadrado has a £27 million release clause in his contract, so if Chelsea choose to meet that, the Serie A side have no choice but to sell and allow him to hold talks with the English side.
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