After swiftly swooping for Porto left back Alex Sandro, Juventus has done so again. It's not for a pure and prototypical No. 10 like many of us had hoped for, but as a lot of folks like to say, the transfer window isn't closed just yet. And when it comes to the next player that will be arriving in Turin for a medical, he's certainly one we're all familiar with.
Everything has been addressed, Cuadrado is ready to join Juventus. Chelsea has agreed to loan the Colombian winger to the bianconeri, there could be a negotiation later on for an option to buy. Cuadrado could be in Turin tomorrow to take a medical before signing his new contract. Cuadrado's arrival could lead to a sale: Llorente or Coman could leave Juventus. After his experience at Chelsea, Cuadrado is ready to return to Serie A.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
And shortly after that report was filed, we get the confirmation from Beppe Marotta...
Marotta: "Cuadrado will come on loan, we want to give Allegri the best players possible." #JuveUdinese— Khaled Al Nouss (@KhaledAlNouss) August 23, 2015
Let's see here...
Eight months ago, Chelsea paid Fiorentina €35 million to bring Cuadrado to London. And if the report above is correct in terms of the financial details — and there's no reason to think otherwise at this point — Juve will spend all of €1.5 million to bring Cuadrado back to Italy. That's pretty much the Beppe Marotta Business Sense in a nutshell. If there ends up being an option to buy Cuadrado worked into the loan deal, well then that's even more of the cae.
You wanted a low-risk, potentially high-reward kind of move, this one sounds just like it.
With Cuadrado arriving, now we wait and see which direction Juventus will go. Does this mean a holding-type central midfielder will arrive? Or is a trequartista still in the picture? As we've seen from their last couple of deals, Juve are certainly ready to pounce on any kind of opportunity that is of interest to them. And like Marotta says, the goal is to give Max Allegri the best players available. You just get the sense that they're not done just yet.