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Jamie McDonald

According to Tuttosport, Chelsea are sniffing around yet another wide forward. The target this time around is Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado, who has been in outstanding form for both club and country for quite a while.

It's probably worth noting that Tuttosport isn't generally the most reliable, but the link to Cuadrado is still pretty interesting. He'd almost certainly be an upgrade to the Chelsea starting XI, even if it's a pretty minimal upgrade over Andre Schurrle or Willian. For a club with lots of money and without a ton of holes though, it's the sort of upgrade that probably makes at least a little bit of sense.

Most Italian media outlets are reporting that Cuadrado is nearing a new deal that would see his wages increased quite a bit, though the rumored wages still wouldn't be close to anything he could make at Chelsea. The reports also suggest that Cuadrado's new contract would have a buyout in the vicinity of 35 million Euros, something which isn't entirely unreasonable and certainly isn't out of Chelsea's price range.

Since the report is coming from Tuttosport, it's probably not worth much more than passing mention at this point, even if as a target, the player makes some sense in terms of need, and is reasonably affordable. Consider it mentioned.

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