English Premier giant, Chelsea is set to wrap up the transfer of Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado “within the next 48 hours” with the likelihood of Mohamed Salah moving the other way on loan.
The 26-year old player signed a new contract including a buyout clause worth 27 million pounds (35 million euros) last summer, which Chelsea will have to match.
Last week, Jose Mourinho publicly refuted insinuations that Cuadrado was “marked” for a signing in January, only to then talk about the transfer situation in the same evasive way he had when Fernando Torres and Juan Mata left Stamford Bridge in recent transfer window.
According to club sources, the Blues are yet to activate the clause but has reached an agreement on personal terms with the Colombian footballer. Chelsea will pay around 23 million pounds up front, with the rest of the fee made up of bonus clauses.
However, in order to seal Cuadrado’s deal and continue to adhere to financial fair play regulations, the club may let Andre Schurrle leave Stamford Bridge for Wolfsburg now rather than in the summer.