Juventus have confirmed that they are on the brink of signing Juan Cuadrado from Chelsea on a season-long loan, reports ESPN.
The Serie A champions have been interested in signing a new attack-minded midfielder over the past few weeks, and Cuadrado was just one of many on their wish-list.
After receiving setbacks in their pursuits for David Silva, Mesut Ozil and Julian Draxler, Juve turned their attentions to Cuadrado as he was struggling to impress in the Premier League since making his move just seven months ago.
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Cuadrado Fails To Shine
The Colombian international was a force in Italy with Fiorentina, and after impressing for the Italian side and also shining at the World Cup last summer, Chelsea decided to splash out and sign him halfway through last season.
However, after failing to cement a first-team spot due to serious competition at Stamford Bridge, the winger is already expected to leave the club.
Jose Mourinho barely used Cuadrado since he arrived, and with Pedro just completing his move from FC Barcelona, the Colombian's status within the first-team has been further diminished.
However, the 27-year-old won't be in London for much longer after Juve's general manager confirmed that a deal is close to being finalised.
Beppe Marotta has spoken in an interview recently and confirmed that the two clubs have agreed on a season-long loan deal, which is on the brink of completion.
The deal will see Cuadrado return to Italy for the season, and they are hoping they can finalise it as soon as today.
Speaking to Mediaset television, Marotta confirmed that the deal was in place and that the winger would join them on a temporary basis.
Cuadrado Deal Close
"He's going to join on a season-long loan," Marotta said.
"Only six months ago, he was bought for €35 million and today this opportunity arose and we've seized it and we hope to finalise it tomorrow morning.
"It's now up to [coach Massimiliano] Allegri to work out where the players will play."
As for other transfer activity, Marotta all-but confirmed that the club's interest in Julian Draxler is over after Schalke refused to sell.
"It's not a real possibility right now because Schalke have vetoed it," Marotta added.
"It's hard to see him coming. But just like how things opened up for Cuadrado, let's just wait and see what happens between now and the end of the transfer window."