Juan Cuadrado to Arsenal as good as done, £52m deal on card

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Arsenal are ready to make a formal bid to sign Juan Cuadrado this summer but Juventus will demand around £52m for the Colombian attacker, according to a report by TeamTalk.

Unai Emery has wasted no time strengthening the squad left behind by Arsene Wenger as our new head coach has already snapped up right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus and goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.

We’re also being linked with several centre-backs and defensive midfielders as Emery looks to improve our defensive record after shipping 51 Premier League goals last season but it seems we’re also trying to strengthen our attacking options.

A new winger is a priority and we’ve been strongly linked with a swoop for Gelson Martins but TeamTalk cite a report from Calciomercato that claims Arsenal chiefs have been forced to look at alternative targets as the Portuguese international favours a move to Liverpool.

We’ve now turned our attention to signing Cuadrado with the Italian publication claiming that Arsenal are ready to make a formal approach to sign the South American attacker from Juventus.

Cuadrado has been impressing at the World Cup with Colombia and he may feel has he has something to prove during their last-16 clash with England on Tuesday night following a failed sting in the Premier League.

The 30-year-old endured a frustrating spell at Chelsea that saw him make just 15 appearances after joining the club from Fiorentina and was forced to join Juventus on an initial loan before making the deal permanent last summer.

Cuadrado has rediscovered some of his best form back in Italy and helped the Turin giants win yet another Serie A title last season so Max Allegri is keen to extend his current contract – which has two years left to run.


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