Chelsea transfer news and rumours: £26.1m Juan Cuadrado deal moves a step closer; boost in Paul Pogba chase

The latest transfer talk surrounding Stamford Bridge

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Juan step closer...

Chelsea have stepped up their bid to sign Juan Cuadrado and now look set to meet the £26.1m buy-out clause in his Fiorentina contract after holding positive talks in the last 24 hours, according to Standard Sport.

The Blues are confident they will offload Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah to raise the funds to buy the Colombia international.

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As part of the report, Chelsea have offered to pay cash plus agree to loan Salah to the Italian side  for 18 months.

Cuadado could be registered in time for Saturday's crucial Premier League match against Manchester City.

Wolfsburg Schurrle deal on...

Chelsea hope to recoup the funs spent on Cuadrdo by selling Schurrle, according to reports.

Schurrle, who is on the periphery of a place in the Blues side this season, has been heavily linked with a move back to his native Germany, with Wolfsburg making a £23.5m offer for the 24-year-old World Cup winner.


Blues given Pogba hope

Chelsea have been given a boost in their quest to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, with his agent, Mino Raiola hinting that the much-coveted 21-year-old will leave the Italian club.

Pogba's former team, Manchester United, plus Barcelona and Manchester City are all reportedly interested.

"As dad taught me, I say, it is better to sell and regret it rather than not sell and then later regret it," Raiola told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"If you do not sell Pogba, then you have no money to make a team with which can win the Champions League. 

"If you want to keep him, you have to make a team so strong that Pogba will continue to grow, but if you sell him you don't have the money to do it. "