Massimiliano Allegri vetoed the possibility of Juan Cuadrado leaving Juventus over the summer, after AC Milan and Arsenal reportedly showed an interest.
Calciomercato write that despite an inquiry from AC Milan and interest shown by Arsenal, Juventus never really considered selling the Colombian. Allegri moved to prevent the possibility, as he considers the winger to be a key player in his side.
Ultimately, Cuadrado did end up staying with the Italian champions, and still has a contract until 2020. He’s started the season in good form, scoring three goals and providing five assists in 14 appearances.
That’s already as many goals as he scored in 45 appearances last season, and half as many assists, so the 29-year-old has clearly stepped things up a notch.
Arsenal were linked with the player over and over again this summer, but as I said at the time, a 29-year-old winger really didn’t seem like it should be a priority for the Gunners.
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil were supposed to be accompanied by Alexandre Lacazette in a new look attacking trio, so there wasn’t much more room in the attack.
There also wasn’t much point signing a player approaching his thirties if he’s not going to be in and around the starting eleven. I think that probably had just as much to do with Arsenal not signing the Colombian as anything else.