For whatever reason, all has been very quiet on the Juan Cuadrado front this summer. We thought Juventus were going to try and keep him in Turin, but then that deadline passed. Since then, it's basically been radio silence in terms of what we've heard about Cuadrado in the press. Not a weird -- which is somewhat odd considering that his future seemed anything but certain a few months ago.
Well, think again. Beppe Marotta might be going back to the well one more time.
According to Sky Sport Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are looking to acquire the Chelsea winger on loan for a second consecutive season. And while new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte -- yeah, you might have heard of him -- is a known admirer of the speed Colombian with the big afro, it looks as though there could be a chance we will be seeing more of Cuadrado in our lives next season.
Juan Cuadrado relaunched his career last season on Juventus after joining them on loan from Chelsea. The Colombian winger was a decisive player in numerous matches, and now the bianconeri would like to keep him. They contacted Chelsea about acquiring him on loan with a forced option to buy- they have offered €2 million for the loan with an option set at €22 million. The parties have yet to reach an agreement, but agent Lucci is working as a mediator between the clubs- Chelsea is asking for more than Juve is offering also because Conte would like to keep him.
Sounds a lot like the rumored deal Juventus set up with Chelsea a little less than a year ago, doesn't it?
No matter what the construct of the deal truly was or will be, Juventus looking at Cuadrado again based on who the club has already added is in interesting one. With Dani Alves signed up for next season, one would think that Juventus would be looking to play Cuadrado more as a natural winger than as a wingback like he did a handful of times last season. That, of course, is dependent on him actually coming back to Juve for a second season, but it surely means Max Allegri would have more tactical flexibility to bounce between formations if he so pleases.
But now that we've finally cracked the Cuadrado silence, I would assume this isn't the last we've heard of the matter. Once the first report gets out, then surely there will be more to follow. It's just simple mercato logic, boys and girls.