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Juventus confirm interest in deal for Chelsea star Juan Cuadrado

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Chelsea midfielder Juan Cuadrado's stay in England could well be short-lived as Juventus have confirmed their interest.

Juventus chief Beppe Marotta has admitted that the Champions League runners-up would be 'open to Juan Cuadrado on loan'. The Chelsea attacker only joined the Stamford Bridge club from Fiorentina in January for £27m but struggled to make much of an impression in his first five months.

He's been linked with Barcelona but Marotta confirmed Juventus would be willing to take the talented Colombian international if Jose Mourinho can't find a place for him at Chelsea.

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"We are open to all possibilities," Marotta told Mediaset Premium Sport as also reported by Tuttosport. "If Chelsea were open to releasing him on loan, we'd be very happy with that."

Cuadrado enjoyed a successful World Cup last summer and was linked with a host of top European clubs as a result.

He stayed in Florence until the January transfer window, when Chelsea took the opportunity to offload Mohamed Salah as part of the deal while they also let Andre Schurrle return to Germany.

But between his move to Stamford Bridge and the end of the season, Cuadrado failed to live up to expectations.

Small role in title win

As Chelsea cantered to the league title relatively unchallenged, the former-Fiorentina star played a bit-part role from the bench as Eden Hazard, Oscar, Cesc Fabregas and Willian did most of the damage behind Diego Costa and Loic Remy.

It would be a shock should Chelsea decide to cut their losses on Cuadrado immediately though, and it's difficult to believe they would sanction a loan to another top European side.

Cuadrado may have been off the pace over the last few months, but he deserves the opportunity to stake his claim from the start of the season.

He's a very talented wide-man, and offers something different to the skills of Eden Hazard and Oscar, making him an extremely useful option for Mourinho - especially as Chelsea have Champions League aspirations too.

What do you think - should Chelsea keep Cuadrado or loan him out?

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