English Premier League leaders Chelsea have signed Colombian international winger Juan Cuadrado from Italian Serie A club Fiorentina. Reports said the transfer will cost the London side 23.3 million pounds up front and the total cost will rise to 26.8 million when bonuses are added in. The 26-year-old was signed the same day German international forward/midfielder Andre Schuerrle was sold to German Bundesliga club Wolfsburg for a reported 24 million pounds.
It’s believed that Cuadrado has agreed to terms on a 4.5-year contract at Stamford Bridge. Cuadrado said he’s happy with the move and is looking forward to winning the Premier League title under manager Jose Mourinho. Chelsea currently has a five-point lead on reigning champions Manchester City. The new recruit told the media, “I am very happy and thankful for this opportunity I’ve been given. This is a great club and honestly it is like a dream to join the Chelsea family and to know that the manager believes in me. I’m happy.”
Cuadrado went on to add, “It’s really going to be brilliant to work with one of the best coaches in the world. I think he’s going to make me grow into a better player. ‘We are a big club so we want win important things. winning the league championship is the most important thing, I think. Best wishes to all of the Chelsea fans, I hope to perform in the best possible way, I hope we can achieve a lot of things together.”
Chelsea had been negotiating with Fiorentina for over a week in an attempt to acquire Cuadrado. The two sides also agreed to a five per cent sell-on deal to the player’s former team Independiente Medellin of Colombia. Cuadrado thanked his Italian fans and said they, the city, and the club will always be in his heart. He said the passionate Fiorentina fans are one of a kind and he’ll miss them. As well as selling Cuadrado to Chelsea, Fiorentina announced they will sign Egyptian international Mohamed Salah of the Premier League club in return as part of the deal.