Tuesday 12 December 2017

Cuadrado deal leads deadline day

New Chelsea signing Juan Cuadrado enjoyed a fine 2014 World Cup for Colombia
New Chelsea signing Juan Cuadrado enjoyed a fine 2014 World Cup for Colombia

Juan Cuadrado's long-awaited move to Chelsea was the biggest deal of deadline day.

After weeks of speculation, the 26-year-old attacking midfielder finally put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

Cuadrado, one of the best performers at last year's World Cup, joins from Fiorentina for a fee which will reportedly rise to his £26.8million release clause.

The deal is second only to Manchester City's £28million purchase of Wilfried Bony in this window and adds to the already impressive attacking options at Jose Mourinho's disposal.

"The best part about this dream is that I'm going to be part of such a big club," Cuadrado told Chelsea TV. "For me that is a huge motivation to perform well.

"I'm a quick and positive player and I hope to show that on the field of play and help all of my team-mates.

"It is really going to be brilliant to work with one of the best coaches anywhere in the world.

"I'm very proud to be playing for him and I think he is going to help me grow into a better player."

Cuadrado's arrival led to several exits from Stamford Bridge, with winger Mohamed Salah going the other way to join Fiorentina on loan until the end of the season.

The announcement of the Colombia international's arrival came shortly after Andre Schurrle completed his move to Wolfsburg.

The 24-year-old signed from Bayer Leverkusen 18 months ago and last summer helped Germany win the World Cup.

However, Schurrle has found it tough to break into Mourinho's starting line-up and has now returned to his homeland to join Wolfsburg on a deal until 2019.

"I am delighted that we have in Andre Schurrle a current world champion in our team," Wolfsburg head coach Dieter Hecking said.

"Andre will improve the already existing quality in our squad."

Schurrle was followed out of the club by Croatian striker Stipe Perica, who will spend next 18 months on loan at Udinese, and left-back Ryan Bertrand.

The 25-year-old was on a season-long loan at Southampton, having found first-team action hard to come by at Stamford Bridge.

Bertrand has been mightily impressive for Ronald Koeman's high-flying side and made the move permanent for a fee understood to be worth up to £10million, signing a four-and-a-half year deal.

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