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Chelsea set to axe Juan Cuadrado

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Chelsea are ready to sell Juan Cuadrado after just half-a-season with the Premier League champions.

The 44-cap Colombian international has failed to make a significant impact in west London following his arrival at Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window, appearing 12 times in the Premier League and failing to score a single goal.

Time to sell?

His inability to deliver has made manager Jose Mourinho's £26million outlay appear excessive, and The Guardian reports that 'the Special One' is ready to cut ties with the former Fiorentina player if he can fetch the same price or more.

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Cuadrado began his career at Independiente Medellin before moving to Udinese in 2009. He spent one of his three years with the club out on loan at Lecce, before joining the Viola in the summer of 2012.

It was during this spell that the 27-year-old really started to emerge as a talent in Serie 'A', subsequently persuading the Blues to shell out such a substantial figure for his signature.

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Perennial substitute

However, the move has failed to live up to expectations, with the winger only starting a handful of games since completing the switch on February 2nd. Indeed, Cuadrado has come off the bench in eight of the 12 matches he's featured in the Premier League.

Juventus are interested in bringing the player back to Italy, according to the report, but the asking price could be an issue given the winger's relative inactivity. The paper goes on to claim that Mourinho won't settle for less in an effort to show owner Roman Abramovich that he isn't losing money on the King's Road.

Unfair on Juan?

If Chelsea do end up showing Cuadrado the exit door, then the South American can feel a little hard done by. Four months is hardly enough time to adapt to the pace of the Premier League and show what he can do.

Were he to stay, Chelsea fans would expect to see an improvement this season and fight for a regular first team place. It remains to be seen if Mourinho will give him that chance.

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