Despite Conte’s attempts to block Juan Cuadrado’s move to Juventus, reports in Italy claim that he is close to securing the same. Juventus will sign the player on loan with an option to purchase at the end of his loan term.
Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Cuadrado is inching closer to Juventus as the Old Lady is optimistic of securing his signature in the coming hours. The formula is of loan with an obligation to purchase, which is tied to a small number of appearances he makes for Juventus, similar to that of the Simone Zaza deal with West Ham.
Chelsea look set to secure Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina according to reports, which is probably the reason why they are now eager to let Cuadrado go to Juventus. The 25-year-old Spaniard, who is also going to be purchased from Fiorentina just like Cuadrado, can play a number of positions including wing-back and centre back.
Understandably therefore, Chelsea having secured their depth in the backline can afford to let Cuadrado go who doesn’t fit the new system that Conte is trying at Stamford Bridge.
Moreover, Metro reported that Cuadrado’s agent Alessandro Lucci has let Antonio Conte know of the players wishes to leave despite the manager eagerly wanting the 28 year old Colombian.
It looks as if Conte will never get a chance to field Cuadrado in his lineup, which is tragic, since the tactician is so fond of him.
There are doubts regarding Cuadrado getting an immediate starting spot at Juventus as the Bianconeri has since then become a powerhouse of talents, signing the likes of Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves. Both can play in the right wing in addition to Stephan Lichtsteiner.
Moreover, with the players available at his disposal, Max Allegri might abandon the 3-5-2 formation altogether which is best suited to Cuadrado’s talents, and switch to a more attacking 4-3-3 formation utilising the attacking wingers he has at his disposal.