Chelsea eyeing up potential Cuadrado move

by Richard Laverty

Chelsea are preparing a bid for Fiorentina winger and Manchester United Juan Cuadrado this month.

With Andre Schurrle repeatedly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge before the February deadline, Jose Mourinho said he wouldn’t allow Schurrle or Mohamed Salah to leave without a replacement.

The 26-year-old impressed for Colombia in the 2014 World Cup but went relatively unnoticed due to the form of tournament top score James Rodriguez.

Cuadrado was linked extensively with a move to Old Trafford when it became clear Louis van Gaal was favouring a wing back system but the move never materialised.

It appears any club would have to pay €30m plus bonuses for the services of Cuadrado and if United are still interested they may hold an advantage over Chelsea due to FFP regulations.

With Chelsea seemingly having to sell to buy, United could swoop but it appears links have gone cold on Cuadrado. Van Gaal could be concentrating solely on bringing in central defender in January.

Reports in the summer went as far to suggest that United had agreed a deal with the Colombian and that Fiorentina had found a replacement but the move never happened, despite his agent confirming a bid for the winger.

Rumours went into overdrive when Cuadrado took to social media to celebrate a goal international team-mate Radamel Falcao scored for the club but it appears United will wait until the summer to reignite any potential interest in the player.

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