Fiorentina executive Guerini reveals plan to replace Juan Cuadrado

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The Viola director has admitted that the club are prepared should the Colombian’s release clause be met.

Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado this January, with the Colombian attacker impressing at the Stadio Artemio Franchi this season.

The diminutive winger has a release clause in his contract thought to be in the region of £26.8 million, with Vincenzo Montella admitting recently that the Blues will have to meet this if the South American is to move to West London.

Fiorentina director Vincenzo Guerini has shone more light on the club’s thinking regarding Cuadrado’s future and stated that the Viola have a contingency plan to replace the dynamic wideman, who is under contract until 2019.

“In modern football this risk exists, but as a club we are prepared for any eventuality,” Guerini told Sky Sport Italia, republished on Roma fan site vocegiallorossi.it.

“There is absolutely nothing on right now, he renewed his contract recently, is very happy to be here and has a large buy-out clause.

“If someone were to come in and pay the clause, we as a club would have a contingency plan to replace him.”

Cuadrado starred for an exciting Colombia side at the World Cup in the summer and is an essential player for Fiorentina.

This season the star has played 17 Serie A games for Montella’s men, scoring four goals in the process.

Cuadrado started yesterday’s 1-1 draw against Roma at home, playing the full 90 minutes.

The 26-year-old is versatile enough to play in a number of different positions, but usually operates as a right winger.

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