Official: Chelsea sign Cuadrado from Fiorentina

The Colombia international has penned a four-and-a-half-year deal at Stamford Bridge, with Mohamed Salah expected to move on loan in the opposite direction

Chelsea have completed the signing of Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado.

The Blues had long been in negotiations and the Serie A club’s coach, Vincenzo Montella, revealed on Friday that a deal was in place, with Mohamed Salah expected to head in the other direction on loan.

Cuadrado has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Stamford Bridge, after Andre Schurrle’s £22 million move to Wolfsburg was confirmed.

Having starred for his country at the World Cup, Cuadrado had been linked with summer moves to Barcelona and Manchester United, but no deal ever came to fruition with either club.

Fiorentina insisted throughout January that their prized asset would only be allowed to leave if his release clause was paid in full – reportedly around £26m.

And it has now been confirmed that he will join the Blues and help the club’s push for success in the Premier League, League Cup and Champions League.

Cuadrado moved to Europe in 2009, joining Udinese from Independiente Medellin, before signing for Fiorentina in 2012.