Yesterday, it was reported that Juan Cuadrado’s move back to Juventus was on the verge of completion, but today the saga looks to have taken a further twist.
Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato are reporting that Juventus’s capture of Cuadrado is being held up by Antonio Conte, who is said to be reluctant to let the winger leave the club until another attacking option is found.
With Loic Remy continuing to fall down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, and with Michy Batshuayi the only attacking summer arrival, it is understandable that Conte would be reluctant to let Cuadrado leave, especially after Mohamed Salah has already left the club to join a Serie A club.
It would appear that Conte’s focus at the moment is on securing a defender, with only John Terry and Gary Cahill making up Chelsea’s collection of fit, senior centre backs.
But although Cuadrado has consistently shown his worth in Italy, his time in England hasn’t been up to the same standard.
Cuadrado has only made 13 Premier League appearances in an underwhelming stay so far at Chelsea, and with players like Eden Hazard and Willian ahead of him in the starting lineup, it looks like he could be another summer departure from Stamford Bridge.