Juan Cuadrado could be set for a move away from Chelsea in the coming weeks, according to reports in Italy today.
The Colombian international was left out of new manager Antonio Conte’s matchday squad for their Premier League opener against West Ham on Monday, leading to speculation that his days at Stamford Bridge could be numbered.
Italian website Calciomercato have are today reporting that Italian giants Juventus and AC Milan are prepared to battle it out to sign the 28-year-old before the transfer deadline at the end of this month.
Chelsea are reasonably well-stocked in the wide player department, and as such may allow Cuadrado to leave the club on a permanent basis despite Conte’s earlier insistence that he wanted the winger to stay at Stamford Bridge.
Cuadrado hasn’t exactly pulled up trees since he arrived from Fiorentina in a €30m deal in January 2015, making just 15 appearances for the club.
The former Udinese player enjoyed a productive loan spell at Juve last season, scoring 4 goals in 28 games as the Bianconeri won their fifth successive Scudetto.
Therefore if it comes to a straight battle between the two Italian sides, it seems far more likely that he would return to Juventus rather than move to the San Siro.
Indeed, newspaper Tuttosport has claimed that the wheels are already in motion to bring Cuadrado back to the Juventus Stadium in the coming days. Another loan deal, they claim, will be worth around €4.5m to the Premier League side, though they would prefer to sell permanently for somewhere in the region of €25m.
However, he may find first team opportunities in Turin harder to come by this year – Juve have recently signed Dani Alves from Barcelona, who will definitely have his eyes on nailing down that right wing-back slot.
In any event, it looks almost certain now that Cuadrado will be making a swift return to Serie A in the near future.