Chelsea transfers: Fiorentina boss discusses Juan Cuadrado reports

Chelsea are warned that they will have to pay Juan Cuadrado's release clause if they want to sign him this month

Chelsea will have to pay Juan Cuadrado’s £26.8m release clause if they want to sign him this month, according to Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella.

Cuadrado has been touted as a possible target for the west London club, with reports claiming that the Blues would be sure to move for the winger should Andre Schurrle or Mohamed Salah leave Stamford Bridge this month.

However, the Serie A side’s manager says that the winger would only be allowed to leave the Italian club before the 2 February transfer deadline if his buyout clause is met.

“The issue around Cuadrado is very simple: he has a buy-out clause, which was written into his contract along with the club,” Montella told the Italian media on Saturday.

“If a team comes along and pays it, and the player wants to leave, then he can go. This clause expires during the last few days of the transfer window, but as far as we are concerned the player is not for sale.”

Asked specifically if Chelsea are interested in signing Cuadrado, manager Jose Mourinho told a news conference on Friday afternoon: “There are no men marked [to come in].

“He’s a Fiorentina player. You ask me 20 names, if I don’t know them, trouble. My son knows them! It’s my job.

“I think he fits well in Fiorentina squad, and Colombia squad, not in Chelsea squad.”

Mourinho recently said that he would like to keep his whole squad together this month amid claims that Salah and Schurrle could be on their way out of Stamford Bridge this month.

Chelsea are currently five points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

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