No, it’s not Radamel Falcao – as Jose Mourinho promised to return the striker to his best when he brought him to Stamford Bridge on loan – but Falcao’s compatriot Juan Cuadrado.
Sport Witness says the Chelsea boss has given the green light for Cuadrado’s sale and agreement has been reached between Juventus. Italian transfer website Calciomercato have always been coming up with stories of the former Fiorentina attacker’s exit from Chelsea and here they are again.
On Thursday, the news outlet claimed there was an “agreement in principle” for Cuadrado to join Juventus this summer. The Chelsea winger is seen as back-up option as the Turin outfit have either Julian Draxler or Henry Mkhitaryan as first option, but Juventus still hold the cards.
They have now claimed Mourinho has sanctioned the sale of Cuadrado, which is expected as there has been an agreement already. Also, the transfer is understood to be a loan with a right of redemption, and contact has already been made between Juventus, Cuadrado and his agent.
The arrival of Pedro would send Cuadrado further down the pecking order, unless he is prepared to play a right-back role. The 27-year old Colombia international was linked with a big move to play as a right-wing back in the past before he joined Chelsea as he has operated in that position before.
Cuadrado joined Chelsea in the January transfer window after a brilliant adventure at Fiorentina but the Colombian has since struggled to fit in the English Premier League. He has only enjoyed cameo appearances for the Premier League champions, with Willian ahead of him in the pecking order. With Pedro’s arrival, the former Udinese forward will now be sold. The 27-year old has yet to record a goal or assist for the Blues, and he has made only four starts in 15 appearances for the west London club.
Meanwhile, it has been widely reported that Cuadrado could be used by Chelsea as a bait to land Juventus midfield star Paul Pogba, with Mourinho reportedly keen on the France international powerhouse.