Chelsea look set for another dip into the transfer market to add talented Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado to their squad for the remainder of the campaign. The transfer is far from done, but it looks like Chelsea are keen to bring him in this month and it’s unlikely that Fiorentina will be able to resist the millions on offer, despite Cuadrado being one of their best players. Mohamed Salah could be sold to make a place in the squad available to Cuadrado, with Roma interested. If he does depart, Chelsea will be keen to replace him this month.
A fee in the region of £25m will be required to get the winger who impressed at the World Cup. However, he could prove to an excellent signing as he would be arriving at Chelsea in the peak of his career and offer more natural width to Jose Mourinho as Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar all like to drift in to the middle. Although many observers may question the need for another attacking player in the midfield, Chelsea don’t have an abundance of cover if Salah leaves for Roma. Andre Schurrle offers a good option on the left, and Cuadrado would provide Mourinho with the option of playing two out and out wingers.
The Colombian is very versatile and has played across the attacking midfield positions, as a striker and even as a right-back for his club this season. This ability to play in a variety of positions will be attractive to Mourinho as he would offer quality depth in a number of positions. Plus the amount of games Chelsea have will give him opportunities to stake a claim for a regular place in the Chelsea side, the winger will believe he is good enough to make the step up and become a regular for one of the top sides in the world.
The Fiorentina midfielder has scored four goals and got four assists this campaign, with his influence on the team being huge over the first half of the season. He has certainly been one of the best players in the side, and probably one of the most consistent performers in the league. It’s easy to see why a club like Chelsea might be interested. He is a very intelligent player who manages to get more than three shots on goal per game, while his pass completion rate is 86.6%. As a player, he likes to run with the ball as he has the ability to beat players with his skill and pace, while his eye for a pass means he creates a lot of chances for his team mates. Another big part of Cuadrado’s game is his ability to work hard in defence and for a winger, he is a very impressive tackler.
Willian is a current regular for Chelsea, but he has only scored one goal and got one assist in the league, which may be why Chelsea are looking at Cuadrado. He is a hard working player, which is an important characteristic for Mourinho, but his lack of creativity could lead to the signing of Cuadrado to replace him alongside Hazard and Oscar, especially as the Colombian contributes offensively as well as defensively. Jose Mourinho played down reports of any transfer incomings or outgoings in his pre FA Cup press conference, but this is an interesting story to watch as the deadline approaches. Juan Cuadrado would be an excellent signing for Chelsea and he would improve their starting eleven.