Arsenal have been linked with Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado, potentially lining him up as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil who could leave at the end of their contracts next summer.
According to latest reports, Arsenal could be interested in the winger, should Alexis Sanchez leave for Manchester City and Özil exit the club at the end of his deal next summer, but I’m led to believe there hasn’t been an official approach yet.
There were plenty of rumours linking Cuadrado to Arsenal this summer, despite the Colombian only moving to Juventus on a permanent deal in May. The former Chelsea player went on loan to Juventus in 2015, and then again in 2016, but the second loan included an option to buy, which the Italian champions activated at the end of the season.
Reportedly, Arsenal failed to convince the 29-year-old to join over the summer, but may plan to go back again in January, I believe. The Colombian international has made a decent start to the season, scoring in one of his three appearances so far.
However, I feel general his output in the final third hasn’t been particularly impressive in recent seasons, which it would need to be to replace Alexis or Özil. Three goals and 10 assists in 45 appearances last season doesn’t put him close to either player, so Cuadrado would be a bit of an underwhelming signing, in my opinion.