Montella confirms £26.8m Cuadrado release clause

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado is set to join Chelsea imminently as Jose Mourinho steps up his chase for a winger with Andre Schurrle and Mohammed Salah set to leave the club.

The Premier League leaders appear to have been haggling over a fee for a while with Fiorentina reluctant to sell for less than his release fee of £26.8m.

But it appears Chelsea have used the no longer needed Salah to bring the fee down with the winger spending the rest of the season on loan with the Florence side.

The London side are also set to recoup most of the fee when World Cup winner Schurrle completes his imminent move to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.

Cuadrado was linked with United back in the summer and would have suited Louis van Gaal‘s 3-5-2 system nicely but now appears to be on his way to a direct rival. Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella believes Cuadrado will be well suited to English football.

“He has the characteristics suited to English football because he’s fantastic in positive transitions and with Mourinho it could be perfect,” he said.

“I think Chelsea have probably been in talks with his agent, but I don’t know. His €35m release clause has to be paid if he is to leave.”

United have seen top four rivals Arsenal and Southampton both strengthen during the January window but it appears van Gaal will stick with his current squad until the summer.

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