Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado is being linked with a surprise return to Italy as Inter Milan weigh up a bid for the player less than five months after he arrived at Stamford Bridge in a £23 million deal from Fiorentina.
The Colombia international moved to west London with a burgeoning reputation as an up-and-coming star of the future, but things haven't quite worked out for him after failing to make much of an impression on Jose Mourinho.
Cuadrado has started just four games for the Blues in the second half of 2014/15 and has so far struggled to live up to his billing, which in turn has resulted in speculation he could make a swift exit.
According to talkSPORT, Roberto Mancini is ready to offer the 27-year-old an escape route from the recently crowned Premier League champions by giving him the chance to resurrect his career at the San Siro in more familiar surroundings of Serie 'A'.
The former Manchester City boss is looking to fill the void left by Lukas Podolski after the Arsenal loanee returned to the Emirates Stadium upon the completion of his temporary deal.
The Germany international struggled to rediscover his best form in Milan, but given Cuadrado's previous success playing in Italy Mancini is confident he won't have the same problem next season.
It remains to be seen how much money the Nerazzurri will be required to pay Chelsea, but the chances of them recouping all of their outlay is very slim, particularly when you consider how ineffective Cuadrado has been over the past few months.
Reports that the wide-man is unsettled in England would go some way to explaining why he's performed so badly, and the opportunity to move back closer to his family would be viewed as an attractive proposition.
Preliminary talks with Cuadrado's agent have already been held, now senior chiefs at the San Siro just need to negotiate a fee that Chelsea are happy to do business over.
Chelsea fans: How disappointed have you been with Juan Cuadrado this season? Do you think Jose Mourinho should cut his losses and cash-in on the Colombian this summer? Or does he deserve a full season to show what he can do at Stamford Bridge? Have your say below…
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