Reported Chelsea target Juan Cuadrado jokes about being dropped

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Reported Chelsea target Juan Cuadrado gave a lighthearted response when asked if he’ll be available for Fiorentina this weekend.

Juan Cuadrado joked to Viola Channel that he is unsure whether he’ll make Vincenzo Montella’s starting 11 to face Roma on Sunday amid rumours he could join Chelsea.

The Colombian has emerged as a target for the Blues this month, according to sources including the Guardian

But Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella insisted on Wednesday to the club's official website that: “there is no possibility” the 26-year-old will depart the Stadio Artemio Franchi amid “idle chatter” about his future.

Still, the Daily Mail reported that Chelsea submitted a £20.6 million bid for the Viola star, met with a resounding no as it fell short of Cuadrado’s £26.8 million release clause.

Meanwhile, Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio has maintained on his site that negotiations have only just started, with agent Alessandro Lucci flying to London on Thursday.

As speculation rages on in the background, however, Cuadrado has told Viola Channel – Fiorentina’s official online portal – that he is focussed on facing Roma at the weekend.

Cuadrado was asked directly about the rumours surrounding him in the press and whether there would be any effect on his availability for Fiorentina.

The Colombian replied: “Yes, I’m available, though I don’t know whether the boss will pick me of course [laughs]!

“I’m one hundred percent available and we’ll work hard to prepare for the match. It’ll be a tough battle against a great team with great players.”

According to Di Marzio, Chelsea’s chances of landing Cuadrado will increase greatly should the Stamford Bridge outfit first be able to offload Andre Schurrle.

The German has started just five times for Jose Mourinho’s side in the Premier League this term, with the Daily Mail reporting that Wolfsburg are in pursuit of Schurrle, the German himself eyeing up more opportunities back in the Bundesliga.

The Telegraph has also suggested that Chelsea could use Roma’s interest in Mohamed Salah to gain a stronger financial position in order to facilitate a move for Cuadrado.

It appears that the situation is still to entirely develop, however, as the Colombian has confirmed he will turn out for Fiorentina and an acceptable offer is yet to materialise.

The pieces will seemingly have to fall into place to make a move possible before the end of January, and there’s not much time remaining for everything to come together.

The result of talks between Lucci and Chelsea should make the situation clearer, but for the time being Cuadrado’s focus looks to remain with the task at hand at Fiorentina.

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