Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado returned to Chelsea this summer from a season-long loan at Juventus with a second chance of making his mark at the club, after failing to do so one-and-a-half years ago when José Mourinho was still in charge. But despite Antonio Conte’s positive words, Cuadrado has been a fringe player all summer, seemingly failing to impress the new head coach. Those words shelved earlier rumors, but they’ve returned with a vengeance this week, and Cuadrado seems to be on the verge of returning to the Old Lady on a new loan deal this summer.
Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta expects a swift resolution at this point, which is somewhat funny given the protracted will-he/won’t-he (stay at Juventus permanently) stories of the past 12 months.
"[Juan] Cuadrado is a player welcomed for various reasons. With us, he behaved well, our experience with him was extremely positive. It’s a question that will be resolved in the next couple of days max. For now, he’s at Chelsea. If the club is open to it, well, we’ll start talking. A loan? I’d say yes, we’ll see."
-Giuseppe Marotta; source: Gazzetta dello Sport via Sport Witness
Earlier, Gianluca Di Marzio gave an update on the new loan terms offered by Juventus. While the Bianconeri are willing to pay €3-4m up front as a loan fee (twice as much as last year), their proposal doesn't include any sort of buy-option. The arrangement is currently being discussed in a meeting between Juventus directors and Cuadrado's agent Alessandro Lucci.
For the second year running, it looks like Cuadrado will leave Chelsea in the final week of the summer transfer window. At a few million per loan, he’d only need 8 or 9 more to pay off our €30m investment in him in 2015!