Juan Cuadrado’s long-mooted move from Fiorentina to Chelsea is close to be finalised according to the BBC’s Ben Smith.
The Fiorentina and Colombia star will reportedly move for a £23.3m fee that could eventually match the 26-year-old’s £26.8m release clause if various add-ons are activated.
More thrillingly still, ‘Sky Sports sources’ understand that the fleet-footed wide man could play some part against Manchester City tomorrow.
According to the latter organ’s reports:
“Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is keen to have Cuadrado on board for Saturday’s top-of-the-table match against City at Stamford Bridge.”
Ever-abreast of developments, the bwin layers have reacted by offering 11/4 about the 37-cap international making an instant, scoring impact against the Citizens, while it’s 8/1 he bags first or last and 5/1 to score in a win for his new employers.
Cuadrado has struck four times in 17 Serie A outings for his Italian employers this term and found the net on 11 occasions in 32 showings the season before.
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He’s 17/20 to clear the 6.5 Premier League goal bar in 2014/15, meaning he could well usurp the exceedingly diligent but far from lethal Willian on the Blues’ right-hand side.
However the market on how many top-flights starts the Colombian will make for Chelsea this term suggest it could be a close-run thing.
With 16 games, including the clash with Manuel Pellegrini’s men, remaining it’s 73/100 that he starts less than 10 games for the Stamford Bridge side.
Meanwhile it’s an even money underdog that makes the XI in more than nine Premier League outings across the rest of the campaign.
Chelsea are 11/10 to beat Man City in a clash that could a long way to deciding the destination of the league title at tea-time tomorrow.
The Citizens are 12/5 for victory, with the draw a fraction shorter at 23/10.