Arsenal have received a significant boost in their pursuit of Juan Cuadrado after Juventus chief Giuseppe Marotta admitted that the 29-year-old could be sold in the summer transfer window.
The Colombia international sealed his permanent move to the Old Lady earlier last month after impressive on a 1+1 loan deal from Premier League holders Chelsea.
Arsene Wenger’s side team had lodged a bid of around £17.6m in order to secure Cuadrado’s services this month, but the Old Lady snubbed their approach in order to make a much better profit from their £17.3m buy.
In a report on Metro, Marotta admitted that some players could be offloaded this summer with Cuadrado and fellow Gunners target Mario Lemina in line to leave Turin.
“Some (players) can go,” he said. “You have to see the situations of (Mario) Lemina, (Stefano) Sturaro, Cuadrado …’ before adding ‘I (am naming) names at random.”
Wenger is looking at the prospect of replacing contract rebel Alexis Sanchez, who could potentially join league rivals Manchester City this summer.
And this has urged him to weigh up a deal for Cuadrado, who could easily drift into a similar position, although his goalscoring capacity could be questioned.
Cuadrado failed to find the net in 15 outings at ex-club Chelsea, but most of those appearances were off the bench with Eden Hazard and Willian, back then, getting the preference for the wider positions.
The 29-year-old has since enjoyed a fairly successful spell with the Old Lady, but he had to contend with a regular role off the bench last term owing to the presence of Dani Alves.
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