Ligue 1’s Paris Saint-Germain are favourites to sign Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado, according to reports despite Arsenal making an offer for him.
Calciomercato are reporting that PSG lead Arsenal and AC Milan in the race to sign Cuadrado, who would apparently be available for around £26m.
The article claims that “representatives of the two clubs (Juventus and PSG) had a meeting in June” about the possibility of a transfer.
Having only moved to Juventus on a permanent deal in May of this year, after spending two seasons on loan with the Italian champions, it seems odd that he would want to leave already.
However, given that he joined Juventus permanently as a result of a clause in his loan deal being triggered, it’s possible that he’s had a change of heart between when he signed the deal a year ago and now.
The 29-year-old scored three goals and added 10 assists in 45 appearances last season, a record that isn’t too different to Walcott’s at a similar age. So it seems unlikely that Arsenal would be willing to spend big for Cuadrado, and if PSG and AC Milan are the competition then spending big is probably what they’d have to do to land him.
With either Mahrez or Lemar seeming more likely to join, and both being younger and therefore better value for money, there isn’t much to suggest that Arsenal’s name is being thrown in for anything more than the extra clicks it brings.