Chelsea Ready To Complete €30m Transfer For World Cup Q/Finalist
Reports are coming in from Italy that AC Milan are looking for a loan with an option to buy for Cuadrado. According to Corriere Dello Sport though, Chelsea are not interested in loaning Cuadrado. In fact, they are only interested in selling him for €30m to be exact.
This report comes days after Conte was quoted after the preseason match with AC Milan saying –
“I think this match told me a lot – about the players who keep and who can go on loan or we can sell. Today, it was important because I have a more clear idea than before.”
So from this statement, we know Conte is looking to clear out some of the extra personnel on the Chelsea books. If their final pre-season match against Werder Bremen was any hint to who may go, it would appear that Cuadrado’s time at Stamford Bridge may be coming to an end. Conte played nearly 2 different teams in that match, even switching the goal keeper. In fact the only players on the field that played the entirety of the match were Cahill and Ivanovic.
With the amount of depth Chelsea has on the wings this isn’t surprising news either. Someone has to go, and €30m for Cuadrado is a great opportunity to spend that money on a position that they need to be fixed as soon as possible.
That money will most likely go into bolstering Chelsea’s defense. Mediocre to awful sometimes last season, and the glaring issues showed itself again in the Blues last friendly. It would be a surprise for them not to bring in one or two defenders.
For quite a while now, they have been linked with Napoli’s Koulibaly, and to an extent with Valencia’s Mustafi. These are the kind of signings Chelsea needs to continue to compete at the top level. Their defense is aging more and more, and they are lacking more pace every year. Having said that, it is also important to note that Terry is still one of the best defenders in the league and his ability to read the game is unmatched by any center back in the Premier League. Still the pace of the game in England is leaving him pretty exposed at times. Not to mention Cahill is starting to push into the stage when his career starts to decline, and the same can be applied to Ivanovic.
With this influx of cash from a Cuadrado sell we could see Chelsea make a serious push for one of these signings. Not only that, they could even use this money to buy a natural left back. Something missing from the current Chelsea roster.
Whatever decision Chelsea makes in regards to buying and selling may be a catalyst to a Chelsea back line reform. Something Chelsea fans have been begging for, and something that needs to happen sooner rather than later. Cuadrado’s sell can be that catalyst, and if Conte’s words hold any weight, his sell isn’t the only selling and buying Chelsea plan on doing till the close of the transfer market.