Mail Online journalist Charlie Skillen believes Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado would be a good addition for Chelsea this month.
Sky Sports reports the Blues are in talks to sign the Colombia international this month, and he has a £26.8 million release clause in his contract.
Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho has been evasive when asked about potential transfers, but The Guardian has reported that winger Mohamed Salah is on the verge of joining Roma, which would free up room for Cuadrado’s arrival.
The Italian Serie A side will pay around £550,000 to sign the Egypt international on loan, and then around £11 million to make the move permanent in the summer.
Speaking about Cuadrado’s potential arrival at Stamford Bridge to Backpage Blues, Skillen said: “He will bring a lot pace and trickery. He was equal with Toni Kroos in World Cup assists right at the top of the tournament.”
“Obviously, Colombia had such a great World Cup, and he was just behind James Rodriguez in influencing that.”
“It would be a good signing. I’m not saying he would break straight into the Willian-Oscar-Hazard axis, but he’d be a great option to have.”
26-year-old Cuadrado has notched four strikes and four assists in the Serie A so far this season, and his arrival could strengthen Mourinho’s men’s bid to win all four competitions that they entered this campaign.