We take a look at what’s holding up Juan Cuadrado’s return to Juventus.
The Colombian’s agent Alessandro Lucci last week said that it was going to be a tough deal to complete. A week later, and it’s clear to say that it has been.
Juventus are offering €5 million upfront for the loan deal with no buy-out clause. But Chelsea want a buy out deal, and Antonio Conte doesn’t even want to give up Cuadrado. There’s also the fact that Cuadrado is a non-EU player, and that may play a role in the transfer plans. Especially if Gabigol is to come to Juventus and use up the other remaining slot. Juve’s Giuseppe Marotta certainly doesn’t want to get duped on two targets at this stage in the window.
Let’s go back a few years, Antonio Conte was pushing the Juventus directorship to make a bid for Cuadrado but it never happened. The Colombian has always been admired by Conte and now that they are at the same club, he doesn’t want to give him up, right?
The bigger issue at the moment is Antonio Conte is simply unwilling to work with Juventus, and that is confirmed by multiple reports. With just five days to go in the transfer window, something has got to give. Paradoxically, although Conte has Cuadrado, he has been playing Willian exclusively in that role.