Monday July 23 2012
Cuadrado welcomes Fiorentina move

Arriving in Florence for his medical examination, Udinese’s Juan Cuadrado has expressed his happiness over a prospective move to Fiorentina.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has been on the verge of completing a loan move to La Viola for a while, with only a necessary appendix operation delaying its completion.

With that out of the way, Cuadrado, who spent last year on loan at Lecce, is in Florence this evening to undergo his medical, before putting pen to paper on the initial one-year switch.

Terms of the deal are understood to give Fiorentina an option next summer to co-own the player for a fee of €5m.

“I’m happy to be in Florence. I hope to be training very soon with the group. I say hello to all the Fiorentina fans,” the young Colombian said in a brief statement to reporters.

Due to his recent surgery, the versatile player will not be able to immediately start training with his new teammates.

Cuadrado was once identified by Zebrette Coach Francesco Guidolin as having all the attributes in place to be as successful in Italy as Alexis Sanchez recently was, before his sale to Barcelona last year.