Fiorentina manager, Vincenzo Montella, has admitted that the club would be powerless to stop Juan Cuadrado leaving the club if Chelsea meet his release clause.
The Colombian international has a £27million release clause in his contract, meaning if The Blues offer that to the Italian side, they must accept it and allow the winger to hold negotiations with the Premier League outfit.
Reports emerged during the week that the two clubs are potentially in talks about a deal, but the transfer hit a blow when Montella told the club he would quit if they sold Cuadrado.
However, he has now said that if the release clause is met, there is nothing the club can do.
He said: “The issue around Cuadrado is very simple: he has a buy-out clause, which was written into his contract along with the club.
“If a team comes along and pays it, and the player wants to leave, then he can go.
“This clause expires during the last few days of the transfer window, but as far as we are concerned the player is not for sale.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles