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AC Milan to test Chelsea's resolve with €30m bid for coveted winger — report

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Juan Cuadrado remains a most wanted man in Italy.  No, not by the law, but by football managers.

Max Allegri at Juventus remains a fan, as does former Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella, who's now at AC Milan.  But while Allegri seems to have made his peace with Conte wanting to keep Cuadrado at Chelsea, Montella is urging his employers to pony up the cash for the 28-year-old winger — and if the latest rumors are to be believed, this would be no small amount either.

Most Italian outlets have chimed in by now and seem to be in agreement.  The gist of the story is that Chelsea want around €25-30m but AC Milan are not quite able to pay that just yet.  They might be able to if/when they sell Cuadrado's international teammate Carlos Bacca to West Ham United, but that's not a done deal yet either.  So enter that most Italian of transfer arrangements, the loan with a "mandatory" option to buy.

That said, if it's truly a mandatory option (which really is an oxymoron if we think about it), then there's little harm in doing business this way.  Cuadrado supposedly wants to stay in Italy anyway, and receiving basically the same fee back for him as Chelsea paid to get him would be a tremendous piece of business in any summer, not just this one (or the next one).