Argentinian attacker Lucas Ocampos has revealed that Chelsea’s last minute deal for Juan Cuadrado scuppered his hopes of joining Fiorentina on loan.
The Blues pushed through the biggest deal of transfer deadline day in the Premier League as they agreed a fee in the region of £23m for the Colombian ace, with Mohamed Salah heading in the opposite direction as a sweetener.
La Viola were happy to take the ‘Egyptian Lionel Messi’ for the remainder of the season, even though they were also chasing Ocampos as well.
The South American was then forced to pursue another avenue to ease his woes at Monaco – where he was an infrequent first-teamer – joining Marseille on a temporary basis.
And Ocampos has revealed that had Chelsea not signed Cuadrado, he would be in the purple shirt of the Florence side now:
“I needed to leave Monaco, where I wasn’t playing much at all,” he is quoted by The Express. “I had several options, among them was Fiorentina.
“Everything looked like it was done with them, but the sale of Cuadrado to Chelsea scuppered the whole operation.
“Today I’m happy to wear the jersey of a big club like Marseille.”