The final days of this transfer window might yet see some stunning deals come through with reports suggesting Colombian World Cups star, Juan Cuadrado is set to be unveiled in London in the coming days as a Premier League player.
For Chelsea, that is.
Mourinho has reportedly made personal efforts to ensure he is signed before deadline day and negotiations with Fiorentina has reached a point of no return. Vincenzo Montella, Cuadrado’s manager, had insisted that the pacy winger would only leave if his full £26.2m release clause was paid.
However, according to the Express’s understanding of the deal, which looks very close to being done, an agreement has been reached for £24.7m plus a six month offer of Mohammed Salah on a loan deal, while his wages will still be paid from Stamford Bridge.
It’s happened a bit all of a sudden and while it seemed like Arsenal would continue to have a chance to speak with him with a possible inquiry next summer, Chelsea have swooped ahead of the queue to seal a deal which will land them one of the very highly rated forwards around Europe.
Cuadrado was one of Brazil 2014’s stars as Colombia won over many neutral supporters with their bubbly displays at the World Cup last summer and to say the dreadlocked winger was as influential as James Rodriguez in their run up to the Quarter finals would be to state the obvious. He delivered the highest number of assists in a tournament that featured dazzling playmakers like Toni Kroos and Angel di Maria, but it’s been his performances at Florence that have seen him linked with the mighty and majestic cadre of European clubs, including Barcelona and of course Arsenal.
Although Wenger ended up settling for Alexis, there had been countless reports from the media of Arsene’s admiration for the attacker and his attacking style, with many expecting Arsenal to make a formal move to bring him to the Emirates after the tournament.
His style is majorly energy-packed, cutting in on his favourite foot at pace to unleash shots from any distance he finds possible. Of course, it has not always ended up at the back of the net but he is one whose approach always keeps defenders on the back foot.
Then again, we might ask if Mourinho actually needs Cuadrado now or is he intervening before some other club carts away with him? Chelsea’s forward line has pretty much been unchanged for most of this season’s game, Hazard, Oscar and Willian the usual suspects ahead of Cesc and Matic. By way of predicting possible replacements, Cuadrado is a Willian type of player and where their hair-styles may split them, burst of pace and foot work place them in same category of style of play.
With Arsenal signing Gabriel Paulista, the number of South Americans continue to boom in the team and that means we may get to see more competitors to Alexis and Aguero in terms of the sheer passion with which they play the game over there amazon. Cuadrado is a teammate of Arsenal’s summer signing, David Ospina and could now see him more frequently if the move is completed. (Like that affects anything!)
The deal may be announced formally tomorrow, and he could be registered early for the City game on Saturday.
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