Arsenal and Tottenham are both considering a shock summer swoop for former Chelsea superstar Juan Cuadrado, who has just completed a permanent switch to Juventus.
According to The Sun, Arsenal and Tottenham have emerged as shock suitors for Juan Cuadrado. The Colombian has only just made his Juventus loan deal permanent, after being let off by Chelsea. The player, though, could be set for a shock return to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Tottenham eyeing a move in the summer.
Juan Cuadrado arrived at Juventus on a temporary deal last summer from Chelsea in search of regular game time. And, the Colombian managed to achieve the same, playing a part in 30 of the club’s 38 Serie A games, with 2 goals and 6 assists in due course.
The player’s highlight of the season, though, came in the Champions League final, where he was sent off against Real Madrid as Juventus faltered at the final hurdle. Despite the aforementioned incident, Juventus have made the deal permanent, with the Colombian establishing himself firmly in the first-team setup in Turin.
The 29-year-old, though, could be set to move within months of signing for Juventus on a permanent basis, with Arsenal and Tottenham vying for his signature. Arsene Wenger needs to add quality options to the squad, especially if the Frenchman wants to continue with his 3-4-2-1 formation in the new campaign.
Juventus are ready to sell Juan Cuadrado this summer. [Premium Sport] pic.twitter.com/qWtKH0hlRU
— Forza Juventus (@ForzaJuve2017) June 14, 2017
Juan Cuadrado’s experience of playing as a wing-back may come in handy while the Colombian can also take up Alexis Sanchez’s slot, in case the Chilean ends up leaving. As per the report, Arsenal have already seen their £17.6 million bid for Cuadrado being rejected by Juventus, who are holding out for £30 million in lieu of the 29-year-old.
Arsenal, though, will have to compete with Tottenham as well. Moussa Sissoko has endured a tough debut season for Spurs and is already linked with an exit from the club. Also, with Son Heung-Min out with a fresh arm fracture, the right wing slot is up for grabs and Pochettino is eyeing a move for Cuadrado to fill the void.
Cuadrado’s experience in the Champions League could be an invaluable addition to an otherwise inexperienced but amazingly stacked Tottenham squad. Tottenham’s Champions League status could hand them an advantage over Arsenal.
It would be interesting to see if Cuadrado even considers joining either of the side – both Chelsea’s local rivals. A move to the Premier League, though, could be lucrative for the Colombian, who will get another chance to showcase his talent in the league hailed as the most competitive one in world football.