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OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: Juventus re-acquire Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado on loan

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There were days where a return to Italy for Juan Cuadrado didn’t seem to involve a black and white theme. There were days where Cuadrado’s potential return to Italy involved the city of Milan, not Turin.

Turns out, Cuadrado is going to be playing his ball in the same location he was at the end of last August.

Juventus has announced that Cuadrado has signed a loan deal with the defending Italian champions for the second consecutive summer. The initial loan fee to bring Cuadrado back to Turin for another go at the Scudetto is just like we heard from the Italian press over the last 24 hours or so — €5 million. What is different, though, is how the loan deal is constructed, with Cuadrado arriving on a three-year loan deal that keeps him in Turin through the 2018-19 season.

The complete details, courtesy of Juventus’ official website:

Juventus Football Club can today confirm that an agreement has been reached with Chelsea for the loan of Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Bello until 30 June 2019, for an annual consideration of €5 million.

Juventus has the right to acquire the player on a permanent basis, or will be obliged to upon the achievement of agreed team results during the loan period, for a fee of €25 million, payable in three financial years, minus the loan fees already paid.

Should Juventus achieve certain sporting results during the player’s contract of employment, the club will owe Chelsea an additional €4 million in contingent payments.

Cuadrado, who made his name in Italy, returns to a Juventus club that looks much different than the last time he was wearing the team’s jersey. We know what kind of role he had last season considering who Juve had on their roster. Where, exactly, he fits into this puzzle now, well, we’re about to find out. But, considering Juventus’ continued pursuit of him despite the options that are on the roster, it has to mean something.

Cuadrado will give Max Allegri another weapon on a team that is now stacked with them. And if he is able to come close to replicating his early-season form from the 2015-16 campaign, then Juve are going to make this deal look pretty good on their part.

In that case, it’s time to welcome (back) Juan Cuadrado. May your wonderful afro and lightning-quick speed help Juventus go above and beyond what they achieved during your first season in Turin. That sure would be nice to see, I tell ya.