Juan Cuadrado’s transfer to Chelsea edged closer to completion today, with reports surfacing that the tricky Colombian winger has agreed terms on a contract at Stamford Bridge.
The sealing of the deal depends on whether the Blues reckon it’s worth activating the £27m release clause Fiorentina have set for him.
Manchester United are reportedly plotting to hi-jack the move, but they’re better off leaving him to the Premier League pace-setters with the aim of landing an even bigger fish.
Should the west Londoners sanction the switch, it threatens to act as a catalyst for a whole host of high-profile deals.
To fund the Cuadrado move, Chelsea will sell want-away German forward Andre Schurrle, with Bundesliga behemoths Borussia Dortmund one of the big players in the race for his signature.
The World Cup winner has had any amount of price tags draped around his neck by various media sources recently, but it’s fair to assume £25m will be the least any prospective suitor will pay.
At his most devastating when deployed on the wing, Schurrle’s potential arrival at the Westfalenstadion would most likely enable his sought-after countryman Marco Reus to leave the relegation-threatened Schwarzgelben.
Almost every European heavyweight has registered an interest in the 25-year-old, namely Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
But it’s the Reds who should be keeping the closet eye on the situation.
Spending exorbitant amounts of money on the planet’s finest practitioners holds no fear for the Old Trafford club and improving in attack has been a priority of Louis van Gaal’s since he took over.
Furthermore, the Red Devils’ head honchos have made plenty of noises regarding their willingness to invest big if the right player became available.
Constant links to Los Blancos superstar Gareth Bale suggests they’re planning on a press-stopping transfer too.
Real themselves have no pressing need to procure Reus at this moment either, with the team so handsomely furnished in the final third.
Few clubs boast a front four more ferocious than Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema, while precocious talents such as Isco and Jese have proved more than once they’re capable understudies.
The German certainly shares a standing with the former four amongst the world’s elite, but perhaps he’d be better served targeting a move to Old Trafford over the Bernabeu.