Chelsea midfielder Juan Cuadrado could leave the club during the January transfer window with Juventus keen on making his loan deal permanent before the end of the current campaign. The Colombian international is on a season-long loan from the Premier League champions.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the Serie A giants are preparing a £16m ($24.7m) offer to take the midfielder to Turin on a permanent basis. The report claims that the Blues are also open to letting the midfielder, who failed to settle in the Premier League, leave the club during the next transfer window.
Jose Mourinho signed the 27-year-old Colombian midfielder from Fiorentina during this year's January transfer window, which saw Mohamed Salah move in the other direction. Cuadrado, however, failed to adapt to the Premier League, making just 12 appearances for the Stamford Bridge outfit, while failing to score even a single goal in his 308 minutes of league football.
The Serie A champions, who signed him on loan in the summer, are impressed with his performances thus far and are keen to wrap up the deal and make him a permanent fixture in their squad before the end of the current campaign. Chelsea value the midfielder at £18m, but Mourinho is said to be willing to accept a lower fee in order to have funds to add another player to the Blues ranks in the next transfer window.
The report claims that the Chelsea are not willing to bank roll another spending spree in light of their poor start to the 2015/16 campaign – they are currently in 12th place, 10 points behind league leaders Manchester City – but will operate on their usual policy, which will see a player signed only if the sell one. This has prompted the manager to sanction the Colombian's sale, as he hopes to bring in at least one signing in January.