Tottenham manager runs rule on Chelsea target Juan Cuadrado

Mauricio Pochettino hails Chelsea target Juan Cuadrado as a top target

Mauricio Pochettino believes Chelsea target Juan Cuadrado will be a success in the Premier League.

The Colombia international appears to be on the brink of a £23.3m move to the Premier League leaders after Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella indicated that the Blues had agreed a deal for the forward.

e is strong, he is powerful and he is very technical

Mauricio Pochettino

According to reports in the British media, the 26-year-old underwent a medical at the west London side on Friday ahead of the completion of his much-anticipated switch to the English top flight from Serie A.

Tottenham boss Pochettino, who represented Argentina at the 2002 World Cup, is a big admirer of Fiorentina’s South American playmaker.

“He is a top player. He is a decisive player. He is very strong. I’ve watched him a lot playing for Colombia, his national team,” Pochettino is quoted as saying.

“[Jose] Pekerman and Nestor Lorenzo, the manager and assistant manager for Colombia, are my friends. I speak always about Cuadrado. He is a top player.

“You never know but he has all the attributes to be successful here. He is a very good player. He’s a wing-back. He can play like a winger and like a full-back. He is strong, he is powerful and he is very technical.”

The Fiorentina forward rose to prominence after his impressive performances for Colombia en route to the quarter-finals 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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