Chelsea – Cuadrado completes deadline day switch

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Chelsea have completed the signing of Colombia wide man Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina. Sky Sports News report the fee to be around £26.1m from the Italian club.

Juan Cuadrado is 26-years-old and began his career in his native Colombia with Independiente Medellin. After breaking to the first team he was then given his European opportunity with Udinese before joining Leece on loan. In 2012 after failing to impress for at Udinese he completed a move to Fiorentina and quickly became an important figure in Serie A.

Cuadrado shot to fame at the World Cup with Colombia for whom he has earned 37 caps, this led many to think Barcelona would snap him up. Cuadrado can play winger or wing-back and after 85 Fiorentina league matches it seems the Premier League is his new destination for a fairly hefty fee.

Andre Schurrle has left Chelsea today to fund the deal whilst Mohammed Salah will move to Fiorentina as part of the transfer. Is Cuadrado the biggest deal of the January transfer window? Will he be a vital cog in Jose Mourinho’s wheel?