Juan Cuadrado, Juan Cuadrado's agent, and Jose Mourinho have all spent most of the summer so far talking about how Juan Cuadrado is going to stay at Chelsea, and how he will play a (relatively) important role in our campaign next season once he rediscovers the Fountain of Confidence or whatever he needs to become at least half as good as he had been for Fiorentina and, at times, for Colombia. None of that has successfully stopped the flow of rumors. Maybe this time?
"I read with amazement, in some English and Italian newspapers of imaginary brokers or agents associated with the figure of Cuadrado. So I think it is right to clarify. Cuadrado is a Chelsea player, strongly backed by Mourinho just over five months ago, and the coach believes strongly in him. Juan is fine in London is very likely to remain at Chelsea."
"Juan has the respect of many clubs, but I repeat, Juan is a Chelsea player."
-Alessandro Lucci; source: Forza Italian Football
Several Serie A clubs are undoubtedly interested in Cuadrado, whether that be on loan (more likely) or on permanent transfer (unlikely). But Chelsea seem even more interested in keeping Cuadrado. Getting Falcao in probably didn't decrease Cuadrado's chances of staying either. But maybe we can keep all this Italian interest in play through the summer and then take advantage in January, if needed.