Arsenal want Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado after giving up on Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, according to reports.
In what sounds like a big circle of nonsense, Arsenal are being linked with Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado after apparently giving up on Thomas Lemar.
The first part of this comes from Transfer Market Web. They report that Arsenal are interested in Cuadrado due to potentially losing both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in January.
Indeed, losing either of those players would probably force Arsenal into the transfer market, and they’ve been linked with Cuadrado in the past with rumours of rejected bids this summer.
The part about giving up on Lemar, however, seems to be an invention of The S*n.
They claim that Arsenal’s interest in Cuadrado is a result of them giving up on Lemar. However, Arsene Wenger’s comments about Lemar, as reported by The Telegraph at the start of the month, suggests the complete opposite.
It’s far too early to suggest how Arsenal’s January window will play out. However, it’s clear that Lemar remains a top target for the club.
If they can’t get him, they could turn to Cuadrado, who isn’t a first team regular at Juventus.
However, at 29, he would hardly be a long-term signing nor one fans would feel makes up for the loss of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
Cuadrado signed for Chelsea in 2015 despite being a reported target for Arsenal. He was loaned to Juventus just six months later after making on 15 appearances (four starts), averaging just under 11 minutes per game. During that time, he created one assist and picked up three yellows.
Despite claiming that he wanted to work with Cuadrado, it is believed that the winger was behind Hazard, Willian, Moses and Pedro in Antonio Conte’s pecking order and that played a key role in his decision to leave permanently in an £18m deal this summer after two years on loan with Juventus.