In a way, it seems as though Juan Cuadrado is like the girlfriend that Juventus can’t truly let go of after a bit of time. The two had a good season-long run, but knew full well going into things that it may not end up being a permanent kind of partnership.
But, like the good man that Beppe Marotta is, he’s working to make things happen again.
“Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, you gonna run around and desert you...”
(Back to reality.)
According to reports out of Italy on Tuesday night, Juventus are preparing a bid to sign Cuadrado on loan for a second consecutive season. The deal would be constructed much in the same kind of fashion as Cuadrado’s loan deal was last season, but the initial price of the loan deal will go up from €3.4 million from €1.5 million that Marotta acquired the Colombian winger for 12 months ago.
The reasoning behind it is that, even though new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is a known fan of Cuadrado, the 28-year-old winger has yet to fully impress and break into a squad that is flush with attacking options. Because of that, Cuadrado — who arrived at Chelsea for €31 million during the winter transfer window in 2015 but never truly settled into the starting lineup (or anything close to it) — would likely prefer to go out on loan than try to work his way off the bench. (Which, in a way, is somewhat ironic considering that he’d likely be an option off the bench more often than not for Max Allegri this upcoming season.)
Not only has Cuadrado been linked with a return to Juventus both on a permanent and/or loan deals this summer, he has also been a rumored transfer target of both Milan clubs. But seeing what kind of season he had at Juventus last year, one would think he’d prefer another go with Allegri and Co. considering the club will be competing on three fronts and in the Champions League.