Chelsea have told Juventus that they will not agree to any loan deal involving Juan Cuadrado, insisting the winger is only available on a permanent basis, reports The Sun.
Jose Mourinho is ready to cash in on the 27-year-old just six months after forking out £23million to sign him from Fiorentina. Cuadrado has not only struggled to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League but has fallen short of the Special One's lofty expectations.
The Colombian was given a chance to impress in a pre-season tie against PSG, but failed to establish himself in what was generally a poor performance from the Blues. He stepped up in the eventual penalty shootout, but his lack of confidence was evident as he gave Salvatore Sirigu an easy shot to save.
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It now seems that even Victor Moses, who scored in the same 1-1 draw with the Ligue 1 champions, has vaulted over Cuadrado in Mourinho's estimations, leaving him with little other choice but to seek a premature exit from Stamford Bridge.
Juventus were keen to bring him back to Serie A, where he was prominent for the Viola, but have so far only offer Chelsea a season-long deal with an option to buy at the end of it. However, Mourinho has told the Italian champions that only a permanent deal will do.
The Blues manager is ready to accept £18m, which would represent a £5m loss, and is ready to wait until the new season starts to get rid of what is surely one of his most questionable signings. Juventus are yet to respond to Mourinho's demands.
Worst signing ever
Mourinho has been heavily praised for his transfer business since returning to west London in 2013. He cut plenty of fat from the beef, replacing that fat with more beef and somehow turning a profit in the process.
Players like Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku were allowed to leave while Nemanja Matic, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have come in. Having transformed Chelsea into dominant title winners, few can question Mourinho's tinkering, but Cuadrado will still stand as one of his worst signings.
The Colombia international was never given the chance to shine for the Blues and never looked to be part of Mourinho's first-team plans. He made just four Premier League starts between January and May.
Andre Schurrle, Mohamed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne had all been allowed to leave, only for Cuadrado to come in and flop. Chelsea are already strong enough to win the Premier League title, but Mourinho's bad decision making has prevented them from becoming even stronger.
Is Juan Cuadrado the worst signing Jose Mourinho has ever made?