There has been one very public, very lengthy contract extension negotiation happening around Juventus for the last year and a half, if not longer. While there seems to be a light approaching at the end of the tunnel, there’s still no exact timeline as to just how close all of that may happen.
And, as you can expect, the very large Argentinian elephant in the room might be holding up a few other pieces of business that Juventus have planned.
The first of those pieces of business to happen once Paulo Dybala’s contract extension gets finalized and all of the paperwork is done and out of the way is to finish up negotiating another new deal, this one with Juan Cuadrado, according to Sky Sport Italia’s Fabrizio Romano on Wednesday. Like Dybala, Cuadrado’s current contract with Juventus is set to expire come the end of the 2021-22 season, with the club ready to extend his deal another year and take it through 2023.
After Paulo Dybala [final details then contract to be signed until June 2025], Juventus will complete the agreement with Juan Cuadrado. Current deal expiring in June 2022 - but Juventus will extend Colombian winger contract soon. ⚪️ #Juventus— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 6, 2021
New deal expected until June 2023.
Of course, Cuadrado being in line for a contract extension isn’t exactly breaking news to those who follow the Juventus Contract Extension Watch feed like it’s their homepage. Reports were published in late April that Juventus had a very distinct interest in extending Cuadrado’s contract, with the Colombian winger-turned-fullback wrapping up one of the best seasons of his career at the time.
That desire obviously hasn’t changed much nearly six months later, and Cuadrado’s performance again this season has confirmed that the 33-year-old Colombian is still a vital part of this Juventus squad. Whether he is at right-back or in a more advanced role on the right wing, Cuadrado is still very much a fixture in Juventus’ starting lineup despite the fact that the squad’s best player, Federico Chiesa, plays on the same side of the field.
Cuadrado led Juventus with 10 assists in Serie A last season.