Financial realities may force Chelsea into unexpected midfielder swap deal

Chelsea could sell Oscar to Juventus and recall Juan Cuadrado from his loan spell with the Turin giants this summer with the financial realities of no Champions League football set to hit home, according to reports from Fichajes.

The Blues have put up a limp defence of their Premier League title this term, and currently look likely to miss out on any form of European qualification after being dumped out of the FA Cup and Champions League.

Although bankrolled by Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich, the Londoners have worked within relatively strict financial boundaries of late – aided by the sales of loanees – and it appears that it may be much of the same this summer, with Oscar and Cuadrado set to be the subject of what’s essentially a ‘swap deal’.

Antonio Conte, who is expected to be the club’s new manager, is known to be a fan of Cuadrado, while Oscar is thought to be available for £24m amid interest from Juventus, meaning that the players can be traded, allowing Chelsea to make money and not reduce numbers in their squad.

The Colombian only signed for the English heavyweights from Fiorentina in January 2015, but was swiftly deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho and offloaded to Juve.