Arsenal plot last minute swoop for title-winning attacker signed by club in May - report
By Abigail Withey
Arsenal are preparing to make a last minute pounce for Juventus attacker Juan Cuadrado, according to a recent report.
Transfer Market Web has revealed on their website that the north London club haven’t given up on signing the 29-year-old, despite making his move to the Serie A title winners permanent when he left Chelsea in May.
The media outlet claims that Arsenal will face competition from Italian giants Inter Milan and Roma to sign the star, but both clubs have failed to make any development so far.
It is understood that the Gunners’ biggest battle will be getting the green light from manager Massimiliano Allegri, who is reluctant to let the attack-minded winger go.
Cuadrado moved permanently to Juventus from Premier League champions Chelsea earlier in the summer after two seasons on loan with the Serie A side.
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The Colombian failed to find his feet at Stamford Bridge and made just 15 appearances for the Blues before he moved away to the Italian club.
Football Insider verdict
With Arsene Wenger’s pursuit of Monaco winger Thomas Lemar drawing to an unsuccessful close it’s likely that the Arsenal boss has turned his head to Cuadrado. While the former Chelsea man failed to perform in the Premier League during his stint in England, the winger looked incredibly comfortable in the Italian league. However, that should ring alarm bells for Wenger as with the current inflation in the market and Allegri’s reluctance to let him leave, it’s incredibly likely that the Colombian international will have an extortionate price tag. But after becoming a flop in the English league, his hefty price tag will most likely be a waste of money.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Manchester United are looking to hijack the Gunners’ move for this £55million-rated forward.