In quotes from the club’s official website, Fiorentina head coach Vincenzo Montella has told the Italian press that there is “no possibility” of Juan Cuadrado leaving for Chelsea.
Several British media outlets such as Sky Sports have reported this week that the Blues are in talks to sign the Colombian winger, with his agent even said to have flown out to London with a view to brokering a deal.
It’s understood that no formal offer has been made at this point, although there has been speculation that an initial £20.6 million bid was rejected, with Fiorentina unwilling to entertain offers below his £26.8 million release clause.
Speaking after the club’s 3-1 Coppa Italia win over Atalanta, in which Cuadrado netted a 12th-minute spot-kick, Montella said: “As of today, there is no possibility Cuadrado will leave Fiorentina.
“He knows that certain things get exaggerated. It’s just idle chatter, he’s pretty accustomed to it.”
Cuadrado, 26, signed for Fiorentina from Udinese in the summer of 2013 for £17.6 million following an initial season-long loan, racking up 26 goals in 105 total appearances during his time in Florence.
His impressive showing at the World Cup, in which his four assists led the tournament along with Toni Kroos, saw both Manchester United and Barcelona linked to his signature over the summer, with the Daily Mail reporting a £40 million asking price at the time.
It appears as though Chelsea won’t have to stump up quite that amount, but the club are still attempting to lower his asking price with offers of Mohamed Salah or Andre Schurrle in exchange, according to the Guardian.