Saturday 16 December 2017

Juan Cuadrado in and Andre Schurrle out as Chelsea make late moves in transfer window

Juan Cuadrado has signed for Chelsea
Juan Cuadrado has signed for Chelsea
Juan Guillermo Cuadrado
Chelsea's Andre Schurrle is close to a return to the Bundesliga

Chelsea wasted no time replacing Andre Schurrle as Juan Cuadrado completed his big-money move to Stamford Bridge.

After a relatively quiet afternoon, deadline day finally kicked into life yesterday evening, with confirmation of Schurrle's £24million move to Wolfsburg. The German club announced the World Cup-winning forward had agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract reportedly worth around £86,000 a week.

Read More: At a glance: All of the ins and outs of the transfer window 

An hour after announcing the Schurrle deal, Chelsea confirmed they had signed Cuadrado (pictured) from Fiorentina. Chelsea are said to have paid up to £26.8million for the Colombian winger, who was one of the stars of the World Cup. The fee was the biggest paid out on deadline day and the second biggest of the window, with only Wilfried Bony's move to Manchester City costing more.

Chelsea's Egypt international Mohamed Salah has moved to Florence as part of the deal. "I am very happy and thankful for this opportunity I've been given," the 26-year-old said. "This is a great club and honestly it is like a dream to join the Chelsea family and to know that the manager believes in me.

"I'm happy. It's really going to be great to work with one of the best coaches in the world."

Cuadrado has been a key figure for Fiorentina since joining from Italian rivals Udinese in 2012 and his departure will be a blow to their hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League as he leaves them in sixth spot.

Comfortable on either flank, or behind a striker, Cuadrado wil offer Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho more attacking options as the season reaches a critical phase.

Chelsea are five points clear in the Premier League, in the League Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur next month and have a Champions League last 16 tie looming against Paris St Germain.

Cuadrado scored 26 goals in 106 appearances for Fiorentina and has 37 caps for Colombia, having helped them to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup.

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