Earlier this week, Juventus chief Beppe Marotta confirmed that they are once again actively working on taking Juan Cuadrado back on loan from Chelsea. He has now confirmed that once again, revealing ahead of their season opener that they have submitted a bid and now are just waiting for Chelsea’s response.
“I hope that over the next few days we can conclude the Cuadrado deal. For now he is a Chelsea player. We presented a proposal to them and are waiting for a response, but we are optimistic.”
-Beppe Marotta; source: Mediaset via Football Italia
The 28-year-old Cuadrado, despite Conte’s public words of intent to work with him, has not seen much playing time since returning from extended summer holidays and he has yet to even make the bench in either of our two Premier League matches so far this season. The writing’s on the wall, especially with the good form of Victor Moses and existence of Pedro.
Previous rumors indicated a loan fee of around €3-4m; this latest report splits the difference at €3.5m. No word on a buy-option this time around, not that we’ve had much else other than drama from such things.
Since apparently we can’t quite sell the dude, I suppose this is our next best option.