Blues switch focus from Liverpool contract rebel.
Chelsea could switch their focus to the signing of Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado as an alternative to Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, according to sources close to the club.
The Blues are in the market for a new wide-player to improve on the likes of Andre Schurrle and Willian, and Jose Mourinho wants to rival the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich for the signing of Cuadrado.
The Colombian international, valued at around £27.5m, has been one of the best attacking midfield players in Serie A in recent times and was strongly linked with a move away from the club all summer.
In the end, he stayed put, but speculation is mounting again that Cuadrado could be on his way out of Italy when the transfer window re-opens in January, with Chelsea ready to pounce.
The 26-year-old would no doubt make a great addition to the squad at Stamford Bridge, and looks a cheaper alternative to Liverpool youngster Sterling, who recently emerged as a surprise target for the Blues in a potential £48m move.
However, with the 19-year-old likely to sign a new contract at Anfield, Chelsea have opted to look elsewhere for the signing of a top class winger.