Serie A giants Juventus have confirmed a deal is in place to sign Chelsea’s Juan Cuadrado on a year-long loan this summer. The Bianconeri director Giuseppe Marotta claimed yesterday that the Colombian will arrive Turin on Monday [today], and he will now be making a swift return to the Serie A, having joined Chelsea in the January transfer window for a reported £23.3m fee.
The winger has failed to find his feet at Chelsea and 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.
“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 (via Football Italia).
“The opportunity to get Cuadrado presented itself and we took it. Now it’s up to Allegri, who is an excellent Coach.”
Marotta did not state whether there is an option or obligation to buy Cuadrado at the end of his loan spell with the Serie A champions, something the Blues did regarding Mohamed Salah’s move to Roma earlier in the summer.
The arrival of Pedro at the club will send Cuadrado – who was able to feature in just 12 Premier League games for Chelsea last term as Jose Mourinho led the team to their fourth league title – down the pecking order, with the 27-year old yet to record a goal or an assist for the west London club.
The Blues will now be glad to have sent Cuadrado out on loan. Pedro, 27, started brilliantly for Chelsea and on his debut against West Bromwich Albion yesterday, he bagged a goal and an assist.
However, Juventus are also 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.
Chelsea also want Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, who is one of the most sought-after player in Europe and, many have suggested the Blues’ could use Cuadrado or Ramires [who Allegri also wants] as a potential make-weight to finally land the France international midfielder.