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Chelsea, Juventus begin Juan Cuadrado talks -- reports

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After Mohamed Salah's confirmed transfer to Roma last week, the Blues might end up discharging another member of the Italian loan brigade pretty soon.  Juventus and Chelsea have started talks regarding a permanent move for Juan Cuadrado, according to both Goal.com and Calcio Mercato.

Goal believes the Old Lady are approaching Chelsea with a €20 million offer for the Colombian international, but Chelsea are hoping for closer to €25m.  The missing millions might take the form of bonuses: Calcio Mercato believes Juve's offer is €20 million with bonuses of €2 million to €3 million. Either way, Juventus want to make this happen as soon as possible, as they don't want to face competition from other clubs for the player after his impressive performances in Serie A and the Champions League so far this season.

Neither source is super reliable, but this move is hardly surprising and would make sense for all parties involved. That the clubs are possibly negotiating a fee for the player backs up earlier rumors of a "gentleman's agreement" on a Cuadrado buy-option.  Hopefully the vagueness of that agreement, rather than a written release clause, doesn't result in this negotiation turning into another Salah soap opera.

Chelsea might have more pressing matters to deal with in the short term, but Salah's and Cuadrado's transfer fees combined might tempt us into reinforcements in the January transfer window.  A bit of fresh blood could be very much needed by that point.