The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern have been expecting this for a while…
As confirmed on Juventus’ official website, midfielder Juan Cuadrado has officially completed a permanent move from Chelsea to Juventus, with the Columbian signing a permanent deal with the club through to 2020.
Cuadrado has, of course, been playing for Juventus for the best part of two years – having been sent on loan to the club for two consecutive seasons.
For the Chelsea fans in the pub, this deal has been a long time coming. Cuadrado really didn’t adjust to the Premier League during his short spell in England, with the Blues originally signing him as a replacement for Andre Schurrle under Jose Mourinho.
A naturally wide midfielder, Cuadrado could have done a job in a classic 4-4-2, or in a more typical 4-2-3-1, but he could also have performed as a wing-back, much like Pedro has at points this year.
He was widely expected to return to the club under Antonio Conte, with his impressive performances in Serie A likely impressing the Italian, but it was not to be, and he was sent back on loan to Juventus over the summer.
It has been a disappointing tale for the Cuadrado, given that he came with so much anticipation and hype following a move from Fiorentina. That being said, whilst he didn’t adjust to the Premier League, he has proven himself as a real force in Serie A, and so this move is best for all parties.
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