Arsenal, desperate to strengthen their squad, launched a sensational bid to sign Colombian international, Juan Cuadrado. Juventus rejected the £17.6m bid according to The Sun, wanting closer to £30m for the winger.
It won’t be easy to persuade Cuadrado to leave Turin for a return to London. He failed to settle in the city during a disastrous spell with Chelsea and is understood to be reluctant to return.
However, with Juventus willing to listen to offers, his options are limited. So far, Spurs are the only other club to express any interest in his services; they are closer to the periphery of London than Arsenal which may suit the Colombian more.
Cuadrado endured a nightmare in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. Shortly after arriving on the pitch as a late substitute, he picked up two quick yellow cards and left in disgrace. That moment is thought to have persuaded Max Allegri that the Colombian is dispensible.
It’s a development which will concern Arsenal fans. Cuadrado is an out-and-out left winger – surely finding favour with Gunners-supporting Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn – and a direct replacement for Alexis Sanchez.
With Arsène Wenger not giving up on signing Kylian Mbappe but also keen on Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, it seems signing two to replace the Chilean is his solution to a big problem in his squad.