Following his struggle in Chelsea, Inter, Napoli and Roma are reportedly trying to bring Juan Cuadrado back to Serie A. The Colombian international became a star at Fiorentina, impressing domestically and in the Europa League.
Cuadrado could be heading out of Chelsea after less than half a season at Stamford Bridge. The Colombian winger has failed to impress since his £26.1million move at the end of the winter transfer window.
In response towards the criticism of Cuadrado’s lack of immediate impact, Mourinho argued in an interview: “Everyone believes that he needs to play all the time or at least every match, but like every player that joins a new club, he needs time. Time which hasn’t been given to Cuadrado. I do believe that he’ll be amazing next season.”
Cuadrado managed only 12 Premier League appearances, one in the Champions League and one in the League Cup, failing to score a goal. That was in the beginning of the year that Premier Leagueclub Chelseaannounced the signing of Cuadrado from Fiorentina on a four-and-a-half-year deal.
Upon signing, Cuadrado said: “I am very happy and thankful for this opportunity I’ve been given. This is a great club and honestly it is like a dream to join the Chelsea family and to know that the manager believes in me. I’m happy.”
Mourinho commented on the move that he was not in a ‘rush’ for Cuadrado to fully showcase his abilities within a short time, as stated in an interview, “He needs time to adapt to the Premier League. I know Italy and I know the difference between Italy and England; his formation, his development, his experience, everything was in Italy.”
And recently, according to some reports, the Nerazzurri have contacted the Colombian international’s agent over a move – just four months after the Blues signed the 27-year-old.
The Premier League side are said to be willing to let the winger depart, although Mourinho’s men would have to allow Cuadrado to leave for a significantly reduced price.
Roma, Napoli and Inter are evaluating the situation with the Giallorossi leading the race thanks to their secure Champions League qualification.
On the other hand, it is also reported that Oscar could be moving to Serie A this summer. Oscar, who joined Chelsea for £19 million in 2012, scored six goals in 27 appearances in the Blues’ Premier League-winning season, and is thought to be happy at Stamford Bridge.