Barcelona are looking to pull off a very complicated transfer as they look to replace Dani Alves with his current Juventus teammate, who is reportedly on a three-year loan from Chelsea.
The Blaugrana are still looking for a player to replace right-back Dani Alves. Current first choice Sergi Roberto is not a natural full-back, while Aleix Vidal has fallen foul of Luis Enrique because of his controversial comments and refusal to play with the reserves and youth players.
The Barcelona manager is now weighing up a move for Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado, hoping to convert him into a full-back, according to Goal. The Colombian has played as a wing-back in the past and could be a good fit for the right-back role at the Nou Camp.
The 28-year-old has made only three starts for Juve this season. Barcelona, who are reportedly willing to offer €20 million, are hoping that his lack of game time will motivate him to try and force through a move to Spain.
However, the loan deal that brought him to Turin from Chelsea was one of the most complex transfers of the summer. Cuadrado is on a three-year loan deal, for which Juventus have to pay Chelsea €5 million per season. However, the Serie A club are obligated to buy the full registration rights from the Blues should he make a certain number of appearances. That would cost an additional €20 million, while Chelsea are also entitled to a further €4 million in performance-related bonuses.
Juan Cuadrado has not truly settled since joining the Blues from Fiorentina in the winter transfer window in 2015. He made 14 appearances for Chelsea that season, failing to find the back of the net. The Colombian was then sent on loan to Juventus, where he made 40 appearances in 2015-16.
The 28-year-old received the backing of new manager Antonio Conte when he returned to Chelsea this past summer, with the Italian stating that he would remain a part of the Blues squad. However, Cuadrado forced through a move to Juventus, where his contributions have been fairly significant despite starting from the bench on a regular basis.
Barcelona would be much better off chasing primary target Hector Bellerin, because the financial and legal details of Cuadrado’s current loan appear to be a convoluted mess that would be extremely difficult for the Liga giants to negotiate.