Report: Chelsea now favourites to move for Cuadrado

The Italian press believe that Chelsea are now the most likely club to launch a bid for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado.

Juan Cuadrado has been frequently linked with Manchester United and Barcelona, but Tuttosport thinks that Chelsea are lining him up.

The Colombian international shot to stardom last season with his excellent performances in Serie A and a strong World Cup showing.

In the summer there was constant speculation that Manchester United or Barcelona would mount a £35 million bid, but nothing happened.

Fiorentina are currently trying to tie Cuadrado down to a new deal and are progressing with contract talks, albeit slowly.

However, any contract will have a release clause, which experts say will be set at around £30 million, so any side determined enough will have a chance to lure him.

According to Tuttosport, the club that Fiorentina expect to step in are Chelsea and Jose Mourinho has allegedly revealed his desire to add the gifted wide man to his ranks.

Fiorentina will be keen to resist any approaches and especially want to keep Cuadrado until the summer to try and qualify for the Champions League, but their coach Vincenzo Montella has admitted in the past that his club can't resist bumper money.

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