Although the Colombian has spent just six months in the Premier League after signing for Chelsea FC from Serie A club Fiorentina in the January transfer window earlier this year, it appears that a return to Italy is on the cards

President Erick Thohir has already displayed the Nerazzurria s ambition this summer with the signing of highly-coveted French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia and looks set to continue his spending, with Chelsea FC right-sided winger Juan Cuadrado reportedly next on his wish list.

According to the well-informed Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Inter Milan have held a positivea talks with Chelsea FC, with the Blues reportedly open to parting ways with Cuadrado on a year-long loan with a mandatory purchase clause. Intera s pursuit of Cuadrado has potentially been triggered by Chelsea loanee Mohamed Salaha s decision to reportedly accept a permanent move to fellow Serie A club a and Cuadradoa s former club a Fiorentina.

From Chelsea FCa s point of view, however, letting go of the Colombian would make little sense unless Jos Mourinho has a replacement ready. The Bluesa boss said of the Colombian earlier this month: a Cuadrado is not going anywhere this summer.

a People don’t know Cuadrado yet, I have seen him many times when we were both in Italy, me at Inter and him at Udinese. Because of that I have a lot of hopes for him for next season.a Even if Mourinhoa s comments are taken with a pinch of salt, Cuadradoa s potential departure would leave Chelsea FC with only Eden Hazard, and Brazilians Oscar and Willian as options for the three attacking midfield roles behind Diego Costa.

The timing of these reports is interesting considering that the future of Atl tico Madrid right-sided midfielder Arda Turan is set to be in the Premier League, with Chelsea FC one of the clubs reportedly interested in the Turkish international.

Although Cuadrado made 12 appearances for the Blues last season in all competitions, he failed to come to terms with the pace and intensity of the Premier League, often looking out of his depth during games. It could be purely co-incidental, but it is possible that Mourinho is already looking for a rather opportunistic upgrade a possibly letting Cuadrado leave to Inter Milan and signing Arda Turan to improve the strength of his squad.

Any potential deal for Cuadrado is still some way away, however, with talks only just beginning and what is almost certain is that Chelsea FC will not let go of the Colombian unless they have first secured a replacement.

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