According to Calciomercato, Arsenal have been told by Juventus that Juan Cuadrado is not for sale. The 29-year-old was linked with the Gunners as a potential replacement for Hector Bellerin, with the Spaniard’s future uncertain this season, but they may have to turn their attentions elsewhere from Juve.
Cuadrado, worth around £24m, joined Juve from Chelsea last summer after spending two seasons in Turin on loan. He’s contracted with the Old Lady until 2020 and has been a regular in the side when fit, making 14 Serie A appearances from a possible 18 before picking up a groin injury.
Paris Saint-Germain were also linked with Cuadrado, says talkSPORT, potentially as a long-term replacement for 34-year-old Dani Alves who joined the Ligue 1 leaders from Juventus last summer.
Cuadrado boasts excessive pace and industry and would be a good deputy for Bellerin at Arsenal. Paying £24m for his signature wouldn’t break the bank either. However, Arsene Wenger and his recruitment team will now be forced to look elsewhere.
They’ll be hoping Bellerin stays at the club, but Juventus and Barcelona are two sides linked with the 22-year-old’s signature, and the Gunners’ current demise could see him opt for a move to greener pastures.