The haggling over Juan Cuadrado’s future is over. No more reports of Chelsea being mad, no more reports of Juventus standing firm on a price Chelsea doesn’t agree with. None of that. It’s time to see a player who played a big role last season come back to Juve just a couple months after he headed back to merry old England.
According to a handful of media outlets in Italy, Chelsea and Juventus have finally agreed to a deal that will see Cuadrado return to Turin for a second season — and likely more than that. The details? An initial loan deal worth €5 million and then a mandatory buy clause worth another €20 million that will be activated next summer. (Some say the option is obligatory right off the bat, others saying it will kick in after a certain number of appearances. We’ll see when the official word comes across.)
Chelsea gets the money they wanted for Cuadrado.
Cuadrado gets the return to Italy he so thoroughly wanted.
Juventus and manager Max Allegri get a player they’ve always thought very highly of no matter if it’s as a starter or off the bench.
Everybody’s happy! How about that, folks?
Cuadrado could never truly crack into the fold at Chelsea after the Blues shelled out big money for him in the January transfer window of 2015. The former Fiorentina winger then returned to the country where he made his name and played an influential role in Juve’s rebound from its early-season struggles. Playing as both a winger and a wingback, Cuadrado scored some important goals — Hi, Derby della Mole — that ensured Juve three points.
But when he headed back to England after Juve didn’t pick up his buy option earlier this summer, it wasn’t sure if he would return. Throw into the fact that his new manager, Antonio Conte, is a known Cuadrado admirer and you have a situation where the initial odds didn’t exactly favor a second season with Juventus.
So much for all of that.
Now, Cuadrado and his luscious hair is back in Turin. Allegri gets even more tactical flexibility than he already does. Not a bad player to have on the roster, that’s for sure.