After just six months at Stamford Bridge, it looks as though Juan Cuadrado’s time with Premier League side Chelsea is coming to an end.
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Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta confirmed Sunday that not only has the defending Serie A-winning side made an approach for the 27-year-old, but that the completion of a deal to bring the Colombian winger back to Italy is imminent. Cuadrado, who moved to Chelsea from Fiorentina in January for a fee of $40 million, made 13 league appearances and failed to score a single goal for the Blues.
Marotta, on Cuadrado’s imminent arrival, from the Guardian:
“Cuadrado will arrive on loan. It could be made official as soon as tomorrow.
Snatching up a player of Cuadrado’s quality on loan is good business for any side, let alone one chasing their fifth-straight league title and hoping to challenge for the UEFA Champions League title once again. Following the departures Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez this summer, reinforcements and good vibes are desperately needed at the Juventus Stadium, and the Old Lady’s executive staff has duly delivered.
Forwards Mario Mandzukic ($24 million), Paulo Dybala ($45 million) and Simone Zaza ($21 million), midfielder Sami Khedira (free) and defender Alex Sandro ($30 million) account for the majority of Juve’s $124-million outlay this summer ($60 million net spend).