In Focus: Arsenal learn Cuadrado asking price

According to Premium Sport, Juventus have told Arsenal that it will take an offer of £26.8m in order to sign wing-back Juan Cuadrado in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger switched to a three-man central defence in the latter stages of last season, and it has been suggested that the Frenchman could implement that system on a full-time basis in the new campaign.

A specialist formation calls for specialist players, however, and with Carl Jenkinson, Mathieu Debuchy and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all expected to leave the Gunners this summer, Arsenal are lacking in right-sided options.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Arsenal had approached Juventus over a move for Cuadrado, who signed a permanent contract with the Italian champions in May after a loan spell from Chelsea.

It seems strange that Cuadrado could leave Turin just two months after signing a long-term contract, but according to Premium Sport, Juventus would sell if Arsenal came up with a bid of £26.8m.

Is the deal possible?

In theory, yes. However, it remains to be seen whether Cuadrado would be interested in another crack at the Premier League after an unhappy spell with Chelsea.

The 29-year-old moved to Chelsea from Fiorentina in 2015, and he made 14 appearances for the Blues in the second half of the 2014-15 campaign.

The Colombian international lasted just six months at Stamford Bridge, however, and has spent the last two seasons on loan with Juventus, scoring eight times in 85 appearances for the Italian giants.

Arsenal have already broken their transfer record to sign Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon this summer, and the Gunners would not be afraid to spend big once again in the latter stages of the transfer window.

It is difficult to imagine Cuadrado saying goodbye to Juventus less than three months after signing a three-year contract, but it seems that the Turin outfit would be prepared to sell if they can make a profit on the £17m that they paid Chelsea earlier this summer.