Chelsea flop a wanted man as Monaco eye transfer swoop

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AS Monaco are understood to be keen on Chelsea’s Juan Cuadrado and are considering a move to bring the Colombian wideman to the Stade Louis II.

The South American moved to Stamford Bridge in January for €35 million, but found it hard to assert himself in west London.

Having made 17 league appearances in the first half of the season with Fiorentina, scoring four and contributing four assists, Cuadrado’s impact was limited in the Premier League.

The versatile Colombian managed only 12 EPL appearances—of which only four were starts—and managed neither an assist nor a goal for the Pensioners.

The player’s agent, Alessandro Lucci, has insisted that the player still has a future with the Blues and that Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho remains a fan.

“Cuadrado is a Chelsea player who Mourinho wanted only five months ago,” he began, as reported by Tutto Mercato Web [via the International Business Times], “he believes in him.

“Cuadrado has many admirers, but I repeat, he is a Chelsea player.

“I will decide with Juan, as his agent, about his future, nobody else will.”

However, despite Lucci’s insistence, the player’s time with the reigning English champions may be drawing to a close.

According to France Football [via Le 10 Sport], Monaco are keen on taking the 27-year-old on a season-long loan.

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The two clubs recently did business together as Radamel Falcao completed a temporary switch to Stamford Bridge, and according to the French source, Monaco’s Russian owners are understood to have a good relationship with Chelsea chief Roman Abramovich.

According to Super Deporte [also via Le 10 Sport], Mourinho is not keen on retaining Cuadrado, and would be keen to see him leave the club. Valencia and Juventus have also been linked to the wideman [ESPN].

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