Juventus are aiming to tie up a deal for Chelsea ace Juan Cuadrado by Friday, although the Blues are still holding out for €34million.
Despite the fact the Colombia international joined Jose Mourinho’s setup for €30m in January, it’s believed he could well be on the market this summer after failing to settle well.
The winger didn’t light up the Premier League upon arrival and, though it’s only fair he gets a proper chance, Juve’s interest might negate that factor.
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Friday deadline set
Italian newspaper TuttoSport today continue to ramp up speculation over a possible Serie A move for Cuadrado, suggesting that Massimo Allegri is doing his best to conclude transfer deals before the end of this week.
It’s believed for some time now Juve have been working on bringing in a new playmaker, with correspondents from the club travelling to England a number of times in the past few weeks to sound out major targets including Cuadrado’s teammate Oscar and Arsenal star Mesut Ozil.
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Due to the fact that both of those potential deals appear to be non-starters Cuadrado is now the man in the frame, though Juve are obviously going to want to pay less than €34m.
That sum would mean that Chelsea record a profit on the 27-year-old merely seven months after signing him, though with Juve having already been active in the market it is fairly steep.
Nevertheless the rumour can’t be rubbished altogether given the circumstances, and with Mourinho looking to do business of his own this summer the interest from Italy gives him an option.
If the Special One is at all of the mindset that he may have made a mistake with Cuadrado’s purchase, he has a perfect trapdoor to not only reverse the consequences but also make some extra money for the club.
In any case Juve will still have work to do if they want to make the funds necessary for the deal to happen. It’s purported that Arturo Vidal’s sale could finance the search for a new playmaker, though at the same time it’s been made clear that Paul Pogba will not be moving on this summer, despite the fact he has a number of rich suitors.
Chelsea fans, should Mourinho sell Cuadrado to Juventus by Friday? Let us know in the comments box below.