Chelsea’s pursuit of Juan Cuadrado helps Tottenham in Europa League

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The Blues are being reported as close to signing the Colombian attacker today, which means Spurs won’t have to face him for Fiorentina.

It is being widely reported today that Juan Cuadrado is set to sign for Premier League leaders Chelsea before the close of the January transfer window.

The Colombia international has been in sparkling form for club and country of late and as such will be missed by Fiorentina.

Although Cuadrado’s signing will bolster the Blues’ chances of silverware this term, if a deal is concluded it surely will help Tottenham also.

Spurs are due to face Fiorentina in the first knockout round of the Europa League next month, with the Italian outfit not as daunting a proposition if the South American attacker is not in their ranks.

Cuadrado is the attacking talisman for the Stadio Artemio Franchi side, and with any deal taking him to West London towards the close of the transfer window, Vincenzo Montella’s men will struggle to replace him in time.

The winner of this term’s Europa League is set to command a place in next season’s Champions League and as such Mauricio Pochettino and his side are taking the competition seriously.

Tottenham’s clash with a gifted Viola team should be an enthralling encounter between two relatively evenly matched sides, but Cuadrado’s potential absence would be a boost for the White Hart Lane outfit.

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