Arriving from Serie A club Fiorentina, the BBC put the value of the deal at £23.3m, whilst the Viola were also sent Mohamed Salah on loan in exchange. The Colombian international is considered as one of the best wingers in world football, and, off the back of an incredible World Cup campaign, he was linked with transfers to a host of top clubs.
Barcelona and Manchester United were frequently linked with him, as per Bleacher Report, but no move materialised, and the Blues have benefitted by securing Cuadrado for a seemingly cut-price fee in relation to his talents.
Cuadrado arrives at Stamford Bridge with the Blues fighting for trophies on three fronts. Having been knocked out of the FA Cup last month, a League Cup Final awaits, as does the continuation of a long Premier League campaign, and the return of the Champions League. Not only will the winger be able to offer a creative threat in domestic actions, but he provides a valuable squad depth to the Champions League, having only turned out for Fiorentina in the Europa League, thus meaning he is not cup-tied.
The Colombian international spoke to the official Chelsea website following his signing, and he commented on moving to Stamford Bridge and being given the chance to play for the Blues.
When asked what most excited him about signing for Chelsea, Cuadrado said: “The best part about this dream is that I’m going to be part of such a big club. For me that is a huge motivation to perform well.
“It is really going to be brilliant to work with one of the best coaches [Jose Mourinho] anywhere in the world. I’m very proud to be playing for him and I think he is going to help me grow into a better player.”
Cuadrado also addressed what targets he has for the season, and he has shown the same desire that fills much of the current squad.
He added: “We are a big club, so winning important things [is the target]. Playing for this team, the league championship is I think the most important thing. As for everything else, Chelsea have big players so we want to win big things.”
Having also sold Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg, the West London club have once again stayed well within their financial means, and they look well set to continue complying with Financial Fair Play.