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Transfer news: Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado wants to join Chelsea

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Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado has made it clear he wants to join Chelsea, Sky sources understand.

The Serie A club are reluctant to let the Colombian winger leave for anything less than his £26.8m buyout clause, and Sky Sports News HQ understands discussions are still ongoing over a potential move to Stamford Bridge before the deadline.

No formal offer has yet been accepted for Cuadrado, who played for Fiorentina against Roma on Sunday, and the club's president Andrea Della Valle is hopeful that none will be made.

When asked about the English club's interest in Cuadrado, Della Valle told the club's official website: "The buy-out clause is there.

"We put it (buy-out clause) high in order to keep him (Cuadrado). I hope he will stay with us for a long time."

Cuadrado was one of the stand-out players alongside James Rodriguez for Colombia in last year's World Cup in Brazil.

The 26-year-old joined Fiorentina in 2012 from Udinese and has been a regular in Vincenzo Montella's side since.

The Colombian has scored four goals and set up four more in 16 league appearances for Fiorentina this season.

Cuadrado started in Sunday's 1-1 draw against Roma that lifted the Florence outfit to sixth in the Serie A table.

Fiorentina have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia and will take on Tottenham in the last 32 of the Europa League next month.

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