Chelsea will reportedly meet with Juan Cuadrado’s agent on Monday to discuss his return to Juventus on another season-long loan deal.
The Colombian international spent last season on loan with the Serie A champions and impressed as they completed a domestic double.
That’s in contrast to his form at Stamford Bridge where he struggled after joining from Fiorentina last year, and now the 28-year-old could seal a return to Italy.
As noted by Sky Sports, Juve director general Beppe Marotta is confident that a deal will be reached in the coming days as Massimiliano Allegri could yet see his squad further strengthened with a familiar face.
“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.”
Reports in Italy, as noted by Football Italia, claim that a move is ‘imminent’ with a meeting set to take place on Monday as the Turin giants hope to sign Cuadrado on loan for the rest of the season at a cost of €3.5m with no obligation to buy.
It’s likely to be seen as a setback for Antonio Conte as ultimately there is no doubting what the 28-year-old can offer the team, but ultimately it just hasn’t worked out for him in the Premier League.
Further, with the race on to bring in reinforcements, the Chelsea boss will likely want to see the deal wrapped up quickly if Cuadrado is to leave, so that the club can then switch their full focus back to bringing in new faces ahead of the deadline.
Given his characteristics and quality though, it’s certainly a shame from a Chelsea perspective not to see him display his abilities in English football.