Juan Cuadrado has made official his move from Fiorentina to Chelsea, with the player passing his medical last week and putting pen to paper with his new club on the last day of the transfer window. Cuadrado was top of the winter wish list for Jose Mourinho, and the coach's success in bringing in his man could well ensure trophies for Chelsea. The deal will keep Cuadrado in London for four and a half years.
For the Colombian to actually sign the contract, Chelsea needed to sell André Schürrle. Despite some problems during the negotiations with Wolfsburg, the German club have confirmed that the transfer will indeed go through, which meant there were no more obstacles for the vespa to sign for the Premier League leaders.
The former Fiorentina star will be already available for his new side on Saturday, when the Blues play away at Aston Villa. Good news for all involved then... Except, perhaps, for Fiorentina fans. The fee of around €33m, which could be spent on new signings is a consolation, with the added bonus of the yet-to-be-confirmed transfer of Mohamed Salah on an 18-month loan.
Cuadrado got what he deserved - a move to a bigger club, where he will not only have a chance to win trophies, but is more than likely to do so in only a few months. Viola Nation wishes him all the best in his new adventure. Grazie per tutto, vespa!