Vincenzo Montella insists that Fiorentina will not sell for less.
Chelsea are going to have to up their initial offer of £20m if they want to conclude the signing of Colombian international winger Juan Cuadrado from Serie A outfit Fiorentina this January, it would appear, with the Mail reporting that Viola manager Vincenzo Montella has insisted that his side will not be selling Cuadrado for less than his £26.8m release clause.
Blues manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on signing Cuadrado as an additional attacking midfield option, potentially as a replacement for either Mohamed Salah or Andre Schurrle, and Chelsea’s urgency to bring in another forward player could’ve been heightened by their FA Cup shaming at the hands of third tier Bradford City on Saturday afternoon.
Cuadrado lit up their FIFA World Cup alongside Colombian teammate James Rodriguez last summer and he has taken that form into the domestic season in Italy as Fiorentina’s most important attacking outlet. This is why Montella is so desperate to keep hold of Cuadrado, to the point where he has reportedly threatened to walk away if his star man is sold…
Just how good is the versatile wide-man, and would he be a genuine asset to the Premier League title favourites?