Time running out for Chelsea’s Cuadrado pursuit

Chelsea face a race against the clock in their bid to sign Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado with both clubs still unwilling to move on a price, the London Evening Standard is reporting.

The clubs have been locked in talks over the past few days and the deal is about to become increasingly complicated as the player’s release clause expires before the close of the transfer window – meaning Fiorentina can demand what they like for the player.

As it stands Chelsea would have to match the clause of £26.1m with the Italian club unmoved on a price.

The Blues desperately need to offload in order to buy for their desire to remain within Financial Fair Play rules but plans to sell Mohamed Salah and Andre Schurrle are hindering the process.

Roma are said to be interested in Salah while Wolfsburg are in talks for a deal to take Schurrle back to Germany – but there are complications.

Both clubs want the deals to be initial loan agreements with a permanent move in the summer but Chelsea need sales now in order to fund their own dealings.

And even if Mourinho misses out on Colombian international Cuadrado back up plans to raid Shakhtar Donetsk still cannot go ahead until funds are generated.

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