Everton and West Ham are showing an interest in bringing Juan Cuadrado back to the Premier League from Juventus, according to a report.
Cuadrado was previously on the books of Chelsea between 2015 and 2017. However, it never really worked out for him in England. He spent most of his Chelsea career on loan at Juventus, who then signed him permanently.
To date, the Colombia international has amassed more than 250 appearances for his current club. His contract with them automatically renewed as recently as April, but it will only last until June 2023. And there are now doubts about the wide man’s future going into the summer transfer window.
According to Calciomercato, Cuadrado has asked Juventus for a summer exit. They offered him a decreased salary, from €5m per season to €3m (£82,500 per week to £49,500). However, he wasn’t willing to accept.
Now, Juventus will not stand in Cuadrado’s way if an offer arrives in the summer. The report claims Roma boss Jose Mourinho is considering him as a reinforcement on the right flank after allowing Ainsley Maitland-Niles to return to Arsenal.
Yet Calciomercato also claim that Everton and West Ham are in the running to offer Cuadrado a second chance in the Premier League.
Details are scarce as to each side’s interest. What is made clear is that Cuadrado’s salary should be in the region of €4m per season (£66,000 per week).
If he was to join Everton, Cuadrado could compete with Seamus Coleman and Nathan Patterson at right-back, and the likes of Andros Townsend on that wing.
At West Ham, meanwhile, he would be an alternative to Vladimir Coufal and Ben Johnson as a full-back, and Jarrod Bowen on the wing.
Cuadrado still dependable despite risks
At the age of 34, any deal would likely be a short-term one. Competition from Qatar could prove problematic to any suitor, too.
Yet Cuadrado has the experience and versatility to be of use to a side of decent stature still. Indeed, last season, he played 45 times across all competitions for Juventus as they finished fourth in Serie A.
He would have Champions League football on offer if he was to stay there. But it seems he is ready to sacrifice it in favour of a new destination.
His previous Premier League experience could be cause for concern. However, Cuadrado may have a point to prove.
Only time would tell if he would be worth the gamble.