Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado has revealed his desire to join Chelsea this January, according to reports from Sky Sports.
The Colombian has been heavily linked with a move to the Blues this winter, but the Viola will not let the winger leave unless their £26.8million buy-out clause is matched.
Chelsea are however still in discussions with the Serie A side over a potential move, and are keen to finish the switch before the end of the transfer window.
Yet no official bid has been accepted for Cuadrado, with his manager Vicenzo Montello extremely reluctant to let his on-form midfielder leave in the middle of the season.
The Italian manager said: “I believe, as of today, there are no possibilities he will leave Fiorentina. He knows this and that these situations get exaggerated.
“I’m not angry with the media, In this case I’m not referring to the media, but to football. All that is being said is just talk and nothing more. The player is not involved in all of this.”
It has been reported that the Stamford Bridge club already submitted an offer in the region of £20.6million, but Fiorentina turned it down last week.
Chelsea seem reluctant to pay the full buy-out price unless they can offload one of Mohamed Salah or Andre Schurrle, who are targets for AS Roma and Wolfsburg respectively.