Transfer Update: Is Juan Cuadrado heading to Stamford Bridge?

Editor Sportzwiki / 29 January 2015

With the January transfer window drawing to a close there might be last minute movements, a lot of big players might not be available but few notable names may make a move. One of them strongly rumored to make a move from Serie A is that of Columbian winger Juan Cuadrado. He was linked with a move in the summer transfer window as well but with recent reports his move to league leaders Chelsea looks imminent.

A transfer window following a World Cup is always beneficial for certain players in raising their profile and getting noticed by the Big Boys of Europe. Juan Cuadrado did himself a huge favor by being one of the standout players for Columbian National Team. He was electric on the wings and created a lot of important opportunities for his teammate in the marquee event. In the summer transfer window he was rumored to move to Manchester United, and although he may still be linked with a move to either Chelsea or United, his move to Stamford Bridge is suggested to be a mere formality with personal terms already agreed upon.

Juan Cuadrado has been the rising star at Italian side Fiorentina in the past two seasons. In 2013-14 campaign he played 32 games, scored 11 times, made 5 assists, had an impressive 86% of pass completion rate and created umpteen opportunities for his team. Even in this campaign Cuadrado has been consistent with his numbers and has already scored 4 times and made an equal number of assists. His electric pace, dribbling skills, ball delivery from the wings and decent form in front of goal make him an asset for any team.

The important aspect of this deal would be to see how he gets to Stamford Bridge. For the entire duration of the transfer window Jose Mourinho has been denying any sale or purchase of a player with the Financial Fair Play hovering in the backdrop. However with Andre Schurrle expected to move to either Wolfsburg or Dortmund for a 27 million pound deal, it is possible Chelsea will trigger the release clause and make a move for Cuadrado. If the rumored move takes place Juan Cuadrado is expected to play at the right wing of the trident behind Diego Costa in Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 formation. He might come in for Willian and certainly will get the crowd buzzing at Stamford Bridge with his pace, skills and certainly his special goal celebrations. 

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