Chelsea transfers: Juan Cuadrado is special player, says Arsenal legend

Thierry Henry talks up Juan Cuadrado

Thierry Henry says prospective Chelsea signing Juan Cuadrado is a “special player”, backing the forward to give the Blues a different dimension.

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 on Friday.

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

Arsenal’s record goal-scorer Henry, who scored 175 Premier League goals, is excited by the South American’s ability to beat opponents with pace and tricky on the wing.

“Everybody saw the World Cup, the way he performed – he’s a special player,” Henry told Sky Sports.

“He can beat anyone at any time and he’s a proper winger also – that’s something you don’t see often now, guys that want to go down the line and beat people and cross.

“That’s what you want if you’re a striker, so I think he will be – if he comes to Chelsea – a special player.”

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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