Italian giants Juventus are keen to convert Juan Cuadrado’s loan move into a permanent one next summer, and judging by the reports in the Italian media, it seems Chelsea are equally happy to sanction his departure as well.
Cuadrado joined Chelsea in the 2014-15 January transfer window as a part of the deal that saw Mohamed Salah joining Fiorentina on loan. The Colombian wing-back / winger, who impressed during the 2014 World Cup, struggled to make an impact for Chelsea and found the game time hard to come by.
Probably he couldn’t adjust to the pace of the league, or failed to handle the pressure of being a Chelsea player, whatever it is, Cuadrado certainly has no future at the London club.
This summer he joined Juventus on loan, and has impressed heavily in Turin. The slow paced nature of the league probably suits his game style, a reason why the Colombian intends to continue his career in Italy.
We played very well against a great side like Sevilla, so I am happy. I was so happy from the moment I arrived and my teammates gave me a warm welcome. I have always been at the disposal of the coach and the team.”
According to reports from Italian media Calciomercato, Jose Mourinho wanted to insert a buy-back clause on Cuadrado’s contract but the player’s agent has made sure such terms and conditions are excluded.
Italian newspaper Tuttosport (newspaper edition) claims that Juventus are ready to hold talks with Chelsea over the signing of Cuadrado on a permanent basis.
The Turin giants are happy to pay a fee in the region of €20m, plus bonuses, although Chelsea still want the price to go bit higher, taking into consideration they paid £27m for his signature.
In theory, Chelsea board have sanctioned the sale, but finer financial terms are yet to be sorted out. Chelsea won’t mind selling Cuadrado, as the club feels he is not their right fit no matter how good a player he is, and likewise, a move to Italy is ideal for the Colombian where the league suits his style of play.
All parties involved should be happy if the deal goes through.