Chelsea In Shock Cuadrado Move?
Fiorentina exciting winger, Juan Cuadrado is been lined up for a move to former European Champions, Chelsea. The Stamford Bridge outfit, according to respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio are planning to lure the Colombian star to London.
Cuadrado, 26, played a starring role as his team reached the Quarter-Finals of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Capable of running and dribbling at an astonishing speed, the former Lecce and Udinese winger who can also function as a wing-back has been strongly linked with top sides in Europe after his eye-catching displays in Brazil.
As a matter of fact, Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal, himself an active participant at the global soccer showpiece, was reportedly interested in bringing the exciting winger to Old Trafford during his new team’s massive summer recruitment drive.
He had met with the player’s representatives and discussions were held. However it seems the talks were not fruitful as the player later committed his immediate future to the Viola, securing a deal that handed over full ownership of his rights to Fiorentina.
The Florence-based club promptly inserted a £26.8m buy-out clause into the player’s contract. However the reports indicate that Chelsea Boss, Jose Mourinho is confident that he can match the club’s valuation of their star man and can land his target during the current winter transfer window.
Marotta Fears Pogba Exit
Paul Pogba, one of the most exciting talents in world football is a subject of a transfer tug-of-war between a slew of Europe’s top sides. The English duo of Chelsea and Manchester United are keen to ferry the Lagny-Sur-Marne born native across the English Channel.
The other club in a dogfight for the French midfielder’s signature is 10-time European Champions, Real Madrid. Knowing Madrid and their relentless pursuit of any player that catches their fancy, it might probably be a question of when not if the player would join Los Blancos or any other member of the trio who wields enough financial clout to gazump the deal.
Juventus supremo, Giuseppe Marotta has resigned himself to losing the youngster, affectionately dubbed Il Polpo Paul (Paul The Octopus) by the Italian media. Marotta was quoted as saying;
“We will do everything within out limits to hold on to Pogba, but we must not forget Italy is a country in transition,” the Juve general director said.
“The problem we have is that of offers coming in from other clubs offering him a salary that we are not able to match due to our financial situation.
“At the moment, there’s no reason to believe that Pogba will definitely leave Juventus for another team, but we have to bear in mind that we cannot compete with the wages that are being paid elsewhere. We have our limits.”
Eden Hazard Praises Cesc Fabregas
Eden Hazard has heaped praise on his Chelsea teammate, Cesc Fabregas, claiming that the Spanish maestro knows everything about football. Hazard himself, 24, who has been in stellar form for the Blues this season, ripping defences across England and Europe apart with his quick feet, explosive pace, delightful touches, has combined well to devastating effect with Fabregas, striking up an almost telepathic understanding with him.
The former Lille man said, ‘With Cesc, you don’t need to work for years together, we just needed one game, one training session and we knew each other.”
“It’s a pleasure to play with him because he knows everything about football.
“He’s a brain – you can see that because he has 15 assists in the league already, in January.
“He’s very good and he has the same vision as me, so I like playing with him.”
Hazard would be hoping that their current flourishing partnership yields a handsome harvest of honours at the end of the season as they continue their hunt for domestic and continental glory. Hazard, a £32m acquisition from Lille in July 2012 has settled well to life in London, helping them to win major domestic and European trophies and is expected to be a serious Ballon D’Or contender in a couple of seasons.