Italian club Juventus have completed the signing of Juan Cuadrado on a incredible three-year loan deal, keeping him at the club until 2019.
The winger spent last season on loan with Juve, making 40 appearances in all competitions and scoring five goals for The Old Lady as they secured their 32nd Serie A title. Now he will return to Turin until the end of his four-and-a-half year contract with the West London club.
José Mourinho brought Cuadrado into Stamford Bridge from Fiorentina for a fee of £23.3 million in 2014, with then Chelsea player Mohamed Salah heading the other way on loan. He was seen as an ideal replacement for Andre Schurrle when the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ sanctioned his move to Wolfsburg in the same summer.
Sadly things didn’t work out for the player at the Premier League side as he only made fifteen appearances for the Blues in all competitions and failed to get on the scoresheet in any of them. Now he heads back to Italy where he enjoyed more success. His contract is heavily incentivised for the player, with Chelsea receiving an annual fee of £4.25 million and Juve having the option to make the deal permanent for around £21.25 million.
The West London club have also inserted clauses into the contract that ensure Juve will have to pay a further £3.3 million should the Serie A side achieve ‘certain sporting results during the player’s contract of employment’. The Colombian did feature in Chelsea’s pre-season campaign but the Blues’ new head coach Antonio Conte has since deemed him surplus to requirements.