The curious case of Juan Cuadrado got even more strange this week with reports suggesting that Chelsea are prepared to offload him in the summer after just 6 months at the club.
Cuadrado hasn’t looked anything like a £30m player but many to most expected him to get another season to bed in. But there is now a swirl of hype suggesting that the Chelsea boss, constrained by FFP regulations, will sell Cuadrado and Oscar, in order to snare his big summer capture. The Star leads the charge with:
CHELSEA are ready to offload Oscar and Juan Cuadrado to finance a bid for Raheem Sterling.
We have been at odds with many Chelsea fans over the years because we believe that, while Oscar is a decent number 10, The Blues could do better. And we wouldn’t be at all surprised if Jose did admit defeat this quickly with Cuadrado – particularly if he could sign Sterling.
At 20 years of age, the lad does still represent something of a gamble however. You could argue that he has been playing within himself having decided to leave his current club some time ago. But there has been a worrying dip in output and quality form the lad over the last 6 months and his final ball and finishing leave a lot to be desired.
But, if he can show more consistency he can be a deadly weapon for Chelsea for years to come. And the idea of him down one flank and Hazard down the other will frighten the life out of many an opponent.
Let’s see Sterling in action. Chelsea fans: worth the hassle?