Alongside Cuadrado’s arrival at Stamford Bridge, Mohamed Salah and Andre Schurrle left West London, with Salah moving to Fiorentina on loan as part of the Cuadrado deal, and Schurrle signing for Bundesliga club Wolfsburg.
The BBC have reported the Cuadrado signing cost Chelsea £23.3 million, whilst the same article claims that Schurrle left for £22 million, with a rising fee dependent on performance related add ons.
Considering all three players sold have played a limited amount of football for Chelsea, they were lauded for their business in the transfer window, having been able to sign a player who will strengthen their side at the expense of three squad players - whilst making a profit. The West London club completed similar business over the summer, and former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has told the Standard that it was Jose Mourinho’s side who completed the best business in the transfer window.
“There were not many surprises this time around and as usual it looks like Chelsea have done the best business,” the United legend was quoted as saying.
“They made a profit of around £7m on their trading, having sold André Schürrle and Ryan Bertrand and loaned out Mohamed Salah for a fee. They seem to be clinical about it these days. You knew that if it was Juan Cuadrado they wanted, they would get him.”
Although statistically Cuadrado is not much of an upgrade on Schurrle, there is a belief that he is more suited to Chelsea’s style of play than the German international, and Scholes believes that anyone who does not perform will be kicked out the Blues squad - something that happened to Schurrle.
He added: “What is clear at Chelsea, however, is that if you do not perform you do not last long in the squad.”