Juan Cuadrado is finally set to end his nightmare stint at Stamford Bridge, albeit temporarily. The World Cup star was spotted at the London Heathrow airport last night as he was about to board a flight to Italy to complete his move to Juventus, according to reports.
The Colombian is expected to seal a season-long loan transfer to the Serie A champions, after struggling to come to terms with life in the English Premier League. Cuadrado joined Chelsea for £23.3m in February and has not had any impact for the Premier League champions.
Spanish winger Pedro’s arrival will also mean the 27-year old will fall further down the pecking order, hence, it makes sense for him to leave the west London club. Jose Mourinho has lost patience in him as he does not believe the Colombian can fit into his style at Stamford Bridge. He will now be joining Juventus on loan.
Cuadrado caught the eyes of Juventus after impressing for Fiorentina and also for Colombia at the World Cup in Brazil, and the Serie A kings have now succeeded in snapping him up.
Although Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta did not state whether there will be an option to buy in the loan move, it is assumed there will be one – similar to that of the agreement between Roma and Chelsea for Salah, although the Egyptian’s is an “obligation to buy”.
“It’s true, Cuadrado will arrive on loan and we want to give Max Allegri the best possible players to work with,” Marotta told Sport Mediaset.
“The opportunity to get Cuadrado presented itself and we took it. Now it’s up to Allegri, who is an excellent Coach.”
Cuadrado played only twelve Premier League games for Chelsea last term as Jose Mourinho led the team to their fourth league title, and the Colombian attacker has no goal or assist to his name at Stamford Bridge.
Juventus are looking to strengthen their team following the departures of midfielders Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo to Bayern Munich and MLS side New York City FC. Both players were pivotal to the team success last season as they won a third consecutive Serie A title and also got to the Champions League final in Berlin. They have brought in Paolo Dybala, Simone Zaza and Mario Mandzukic this summer, and Cuadrado’s arrival will also boost them.
The Colombia international is no stranger to Italian football and is expected to hit the ground running immediately, as soon as the move is complete. Reports now have it that Chelsea may use Cuadrado as a leverage to land Paul Pogba from Juventus before the window slams shut.