Juventus are ready to sign Chelsea's Juan Cuadrado permanently by launching a £16million bid in the January transfer window, reports the Telegraph.
The reigning Serie A champions agreed a season-long loan deal with their Premier League counterparts for Cuadrado in the latter stage of last summer's transfer window. And so impressed has Massimiliano Allegri been with the Colombia international, he is ready to exercise his right to buy halfway through the temporary contract.
Chelsea originally set a price of £18m for the winger, but Jose Mourinho will certainly be tempted to cut ties with one of his least effective signings, especially if it gives him the chance to purchase a player or two off his wish list in the same window.
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Despite a poor start to the season, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not prepared to bankroll a major spending spree in the winter window, even though he has done so on many occasions in the past.
Since the inception of Financial Fair Play, the Blues have championed a sell-then-buy policy. Indeed, Mourinho impressively managed to turn a profit on player sales whilst also building a Premier League-winning team last season.
Despite Michel Platini's decision to relax the rules surrounding FFP, Chelsea are continuing their project to balance the books and that will continue regardless of their performances on the pitch.
But Mourinho will be desperate to strengthen his defence after seeing John Terry and Co. shift 17 goals in their opening eight Premier League games.
Everton star John Stones and PSG's Marquinhos remain targets, but Abramovich may not be willing to release the funds required to sign either of them without banking some first.
Cuadrado only spent six months at Stamford Bridge after joining from Fiorentina in a £23.3m deal in January. It quickly became obvious that he was not Mourinho's cup of tea and he is unlikely to return to west London even if Juventus change their mind.