Chelsea have announced the signing of Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina in a reported £23 million deal.
Cuadrado has penned a four-and-a-half-year contract at Stamford Bridge in a transfer only dwarfed this window by Manchester City’s £28million purchase of Wilfried Bony. Mohamed Salah moved in the opposite direction on loan as part of the deal.
The development came just minutes after Andre Schuerrle completed a switch from Chelsea to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg for a similar fee.
“I am very happy and thankful for this opportunity I’ve been given,” Cuadrado told the club’s official website. “This is a great club and honestly it is like a dream to join the Chelsea family and to know that the manager believes in me. I’m happy.”
Cuadrado, 26, arrives at Stamford Bridge after five-and-a-half years in Italy, having first joined Udinese from Independiente Medellin.
He starred as Colombia reached the World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil, prompting a wave of speculation linking him with a move away from Serie A.
A transfer did not materialise in the summer, but Chelsea have elected to bolster their attacking midfield options in the January window.
Cuadrado’s main competition for a spot in Jose Mourinho’s side will come from Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian.