Juan Cuadrado hasn't had a particularly celebrated Chelsea career so far, failing to impress in the second half of the 2014-15 season and subsequently spending last season on loan with Juventus in the Serie A instead. Although he once again impressed in a league where he seems comfortable, plenty of skepticism about his ability to succeed in the Premier League remains.
The former Fiorentina star looked set for a permanent move to Juventus for many months, but those talks have died down since his return to the Chelsea fold this summer. But despite head coach Antonio Conte's apparent desire to keep and work with the player, new rumors have popped up already.
According to the London Evening Standard, AC Milan are set to meet Chelsea not just on the pitch tomorrow in Minneapolis, but in the board room next week to negotiate a one-year loan deal with a payment of £8.5 million upfront, and a £15 million fee to make it permanent next summer. Former Fiorentina manager and now Milan boss Vincenzo Montella is apparently quite keen on this reunion.
Cuadrado's agent Alessandro Lucci has seen fit to comment on these rumors as well, though it should be noted that he didn't exactly rule out any future negotiations, just any past ones. Well done, Mr. Agent.
"There hasn't been any serious negotiations between Milan and Chelsea regarding the transfer of the player in Rossonero."
- Alessandro Lucci; source: Il Milanista
At the moment, Chelsea have at least four players capable of playing on the right wing: Willian, Cuadrado, Pedro, and Victor Moses - the latter also quite capable on the opposite flank. With Willian having just signed a four-year deal and probably locking a spot in the starting eleven on the back of his performances last season, it will be a clash between his back-ups to define who will get to stay at Cobham - and who will be sent elsewhere.
Cuadrado did impress in his last preseason appearance, although it came against a highly weakened Real Madrid side. Nevertheless, the 28-year-old remains one of the many Chelsea players whose futures are yet to be completely resolved. With the season only two weeks away, the sooner the better now.