This January transfer window is seen as a vital period for some clubs to add the final finishing to their squads for the run in, and though not many persons expect Chelsea to be one of those involved, it looks like Mourinho would want to add more firepower to his title-chasing side, after all as the Metro reports an agreement has been reached with Fiorentina for Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado.
Cuadrado has long been linked with a Premier League move for some seasons now, Arsenal being the most linked party but with the Gunners seemingly well stocked in midfield and much of the forward areas, there has been little or nothing by way of such rumours this time, handing the initiative to Chelsea. They are expected to let go of either one of Andre Schurrle or Mohammed Salah, or both in order to stump up the £23 million to service the Cuadrado purchase.
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 wouldn’t bring the cops to your doors. 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.
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.
There was certainly a time when it looked like it would be Arsenal to sign the 26-year old but with the options currently available to Wenger, especially with his own vivacious South American, it would not seem that the Arsenal boss would be ruing not being in the mix.
But then, does Mourinho actually need 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.
Then again, Mourinho blasted City for signing Bony and being favoured by FFP, and if they went ahead with Cuadrado especially without selling anyone this window, one would actually wonder if they would still be within the confines of the UEFA hammer.
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