Chelsea have offered Barcelona the chance to sign Juan Cuadrado, who has already been deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge by manager Jose Mourinho despite the fact he only arrived at the club from Fiorentina in February.
This is according to Spanish newspaper Sport, who understand Barcelona have rejected the opportunity to sign the Colombia international.
Chelsea were aware that Barcelona wanted to sign Cuadrado last summer, but the European champions are no longer interested in the South American winger after securing the services of Aleix Vidal from Sevilla earlier this month.
Vidal, like Cuadrado, is capable of doing a job at either end of the right wing thanks to his impressive work ethic and quality.
That Dani Alves is now staying at the Camp Nou for the foreseeable future may also have convinced Barcelona to end their interest in Cuadrado, 27, who has endured a tough past few months since arriving at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho also wants to get rid of Bamford and Salah
Cuadrado was expected to play a key role for Chelsea following his £27 million transfer, but failed to hit the ground running and subsequently found himself on the substitutes’ bench.
He started just four Premier League matches under Mourinho in the second half of the 2014-15 campaign and has now been effectively placed on the transfer list, available for any club to buy providing they make an offer that meets their valuation.
Sport claim that Cuadrado is one of three Chelsea players Mourinho is keen to move on this summer, along with Mohamed Salah - who, incidentally, replaced Cuadrado at Fiorentina last season - and 21-year-old English striker Patrick Bamford.
Brazil international Oscar, meanwhile, will also be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge if it increases the chances of the west London outfit securing the services of France international Paul Pogba from Juventus.
Chelsea to replace Cuadrado with Arda Turan?
So determined are Chelsea to offload Cuadrado that they have also offered him to several Italian clubs, including both Juventus and Inter Milan.
Juve, the reigning Serie A champions, are open to negotiations - Cuadrado was a big star in Italy during his spells with Udinese, Lecce and Fiorentina - while Inter Milan are interested in taking the player on loan, with an option to buy.
A large number of Chelsea fans are unconvinced by Cuadrado after what they witnessed last season - and perhaps understandably so - but this is a player with a huge amount of talent, as was evident at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
But Mourinho must feel that Cuadrado is simply not cut out for the Premier League after witnessing his early performances.
Selling Cuadrado may free up the funds for Chelsea to make a move for the more industrious Arda Turan, who wants to leave Atletico Madrid this summer but has a €41 million buyout clause.
Chelsea fans: does Juan Cuadrado deserve a second chance next season - or should Jose Mourinho cash-in? Would Arda Turan be an ideal replacement? Have your say in the comments below!
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