Chelsea may be forced to keep on-loan star despite struggles

Chelsea may be forced to welcome Juan Cuadrado back to west London at the end of the season with reports from CalcioMercatoWeb claiming that Juventus are reluctant to commit to a permanent deal for their loanee.

The Colombia international signed for the Blues less than a year ago, but his half-season spell at Stamford Bridge was disastrous.

Despite Chelsea cruising to the Premier League title, Cuadrado failed to make any sort of impact under Jose Mourinho and was routinely dropped to the bench even though he was regarded as one of Serie A’s top talents during his spell at Fiorentina.

Juve were only too willing to lure the South American winger back to Italy over the summer, and even though he’s been in good form for the Old Lady, reports claim that they’re reluctant to match the English champions’ valuation of their man and will not make a final decision until the end of the campaign.

It’s understood that a fee in excess of £15m may be needed for Cuadrado as part of the terms of his loan.

Should Juve decline the chance to keep the 27-year-old, he could well be forced to head back to Chelsea, where he might have a future should Mourinho be relieved of his duties.