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Cuadrado fee "too high" for his suitors - report

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Even after lacklustre performances at club level this year, Colombian attacking midfielder Juan Cuadrado seems like a hot commodity in the transfer market -- maybe not as hot as Mohamed Salah, especially in the Italian market, but still quite attractive.

The problem is, according to the Telegraph, all Cuadrado suitors think his price is a bit high. The player had reportedly attracted interest from Italian clubs Roma and Juventus and also from Spanish club Atlético Madrid according to multiple sources this week, but none of them are willing to match Chelsea's price tag of £24.5 million -- which would be £2 million less than what the Blues paid to take him out of Fiorentina.

It's hard to think that Chelsea intended to flip Cuadrado to make a profit all along -- he felt like a "panic buy" after Willian and André Schürrle struggled with form in the winter, although he didn't end up helping that much. It's unlikely that we'll find anyone willing to take him on for that much, and the club probably isn't willing to take the FFP hit selling for much less than his purchase would cost us either. Either we loan him out, or he stays. Probably the latter.