Colombian world cup star Juan Cuadrado could yet be the next talent on the radar of Chelsea. Chelsea have been linked to the 26-year-old Fiorentina and former Udinese of Italy winger/right back.
Juan Cuadrado joined Fiorentina in the summer of 2012 from Udinese after returning on loan from Lecce. He has become an integral part of Fiorentina senior team making over 80 appearances for the club and have scored 22 goals in all competition so far. The very attacking right back also have interest from Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
Cuadrado is currently in talks over renewing his contract at Fiorentina which many believe will make it easy for the player to leave the club as the new deal is set to lower his buyout clause. He is expected to sign a new contract with the club after Fiorentina agreed a deal to purchase full ownership over the sporting rights of the player’s contract from Udinese earlier June.
Despite the player reportedly close to signing a new deal with his current club, this has not stopped newer reports claiming Chelsea wants to sign the Columbian world cup star but could face competition from other top European teams like Manchester United and Bayern Munich who are said to have monitored the player after his impressive showing at the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Chelsea want to add the player to their already balanced team and could make a move as early as January. The Chelsea team is already stacked with lots of quality attacking talents in the wing and its yet to be seen if Cuadrado will be able to pin down a spot in the team either as defender or attacker.
A typical South America defender, he has great dribbling skills with the ability to cut inside and do layoffs will be a good addition to any side. He is a bit like Dani Alves, a defender who does more attacking than defending. To me, he is more of a winger than a defender, Chelsea already have great wingers and attacking players. The likes of Eden Hazard, Andre Schurrle, Willian have all been great at the flank this season. Mohammed Salah has not had much playing time this season owing to the depth of quality attacking players in the Chelsea squad while even Ramires can fill up the position when required.
Cuadrado will be a great addition but not the one Chelsea are in dire need of at the moment. The team already looked balance with Mourinho preferred starting eleven almost predictable. The only position where frequent changes have been seen in recent game is at the right attacking flank hence, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Jose Mourinho continues to seek the right player that will hold a regular spot in that position and could look in the direction of Cuadrado.
Cuadrado plies his trade with Fiorentina of Italy whom he joined from Udinese in July 2012. A Colombian international who has represented the Colombian national team 35times. He was part of the 23man squad that represented Colombian at the FIFA 2014 World cup in Brazil where he registered the highest assists, level on point with Real Madrid’s German Tony Kroos on 4 assist. He has continued with his impressive form for Fiorentina early in the season with 2goals in five starts so far this season.