Chelsea transfer news: Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle will not sell Juan Cuadrado unless Blues meet his buy-out clause

Cuadrado could be available if Chelsea meet his £26.8m release clause

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Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle is hopeful that Chelsea target Juan Guillermo Cuadrado will not leave the Serie A club in January.

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The Colombian winger has been strongly linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League leaders in the winter transfer market and has a buy-out clause set at £26.8million.

Chelsea have reportedly offered £20million to acquire Cuadrado, who is tied to the Viola until June 2019.

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 was one of the stars of the World Cup

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.