Juan Cuadrado, Chelsea’s 29 year-old winger, is expected to confirm his return to Juventus on a season-long loan this weekend.
New Blues boss Antonio Conte wanted to keep Cuadrado in London this season but has not been persuaded by the winger’s training pitch performances.
The Colombian international is keen to return to Turin where he enjoyed a successful loan spell last season.
The Italian champions kick off their Serie A title defence against Lazio next Friday and are keen to complete the deal to allow the player time to prepare for the match.
It’s believed that the option to make the move permanent next summer will be included in the loan agreement with Juventus paying up to £3.5m in fees, compared to €1.5m last season.
Cuadrado joined Chelsea in January 2015 for €30m from Fiorentina but failed to secure a regular first team spot, prompting then-Blues manager Jose Mourinho, to allow him to move to Juventus last summer. He made 40 appearances for La Vecchia Signora as they won their fifth consecutive Serie A title.
The Colombian has 56 caps and was a member of the Copa America Centenario squad which finished third in this summer’s tournament in the United States.
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