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Chelsea loanee Juan Cuadrado loves his Juventus family

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Juan Cuadrado's unneccesarily multi-stepped and drawn-out transfer to Juventus continues to percolate along in the background, presumably waiting for the transfer window to open and for all key stakeholders to agree to the decision that most benefits everybody that's involved in this thing — namely, to agree to a permanent deal for Cuadrado.  This has been basically understood to be the outcome since Chelsea loaned out the winger to the Serie A champions, but for one reason or another, has not yet been agreed.

The latest complication is Antonio Conte's supposed desire to check him out in person before deciding his Chelsea future, but that sounds like mostly speculative nonsense.  More likely, we're haggling over price, with Chelsea keen to minimize the loss on the ill-advised transfer from January 2015.  Fates of other players could possibly be entangled in this speculative web as well (Oscar?  Pogba?).

The one thing that seems certain is that Cuadrado would prefer to stay in Italy, with his family, where he's been a key part of what looks like another Scudetto for The Old Lady.

"This is like staying with family. We are a nice group off the field, we all pull in the same direction and this is seen when we have to fight. No one holds back and everyone tries to do their best. Which player has impressed me most? Nobody in particular, this is a great team of champions."

"The coach is leading a great season. He asks me to play simply, to be careful in defence and when I have space to play my game. I feel his confidence and try to improve because this is football - you should always try to grow."

-Juan Cuadrado; source: Juventus TV via The Sun

So let's make this happen already.  Anything around €20m would be a decent deal, methinks.

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