Chelsea transfers: Fiorentina president gives Juan Cuadrado update

Andrea delle Valle hopes Juan Cuadrado's £26.8m clause will deter suitors

Andrea delle Valle is hopeful that Chelsea target Juan Cuadrado will stay at Fiorentina for many seasons.

The Colombia international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks amid reported interest from the Blues and Manchester United.

The 26-year-old has been one of Fiorentina’s top performers in Serie A this season, scoring four goals and making four assists in 17 top-flight games.

Fiorentina president Delle Valle reiterated that the forward’s £26.8m contract release clause would need to be activated to prompt the club to sell.

“The buy-out clause is there,” Delle Valle told Fiorentina’s website. “We put it (buy-out clause) high in order to keep him (Cuadrado).

“I hope he will stay with us for a long time.”

Cuadrado helped La Viola to draw 1-1 with top-three rivals Roma on Sunday, helping the Florence side climb up to sixth in the Serie A table.

The Fiorentina forward rose to prominence after his impressive performances for Colombia during the summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

The former Udinese star has scored 20 goals in 85 Serie A appearances for the Florence outfit following his move in 2012.

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