According to reports in Spain, La Liga giants Barcelona have set their sights on a move for Juventus star Juan Cuadrado, having admitted defeat in their chase for Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin.
The Blaugrana’s pursuit of Bellerin, who came up through the La Masia academy at the Spanish club, has been common knowledge for several weeks now, with new boss Ernesto Valverde identifying the Gunners star as his no.1 defensive target.
However, Arsenal’s hard-headed stance on Bellerin has led the club to inform Barca that if they are serious about signing the pacy right-back, they will need to offer at least 50 million Euro.
With the Catalan side having absolutely no intention of splashing out such a large portion of their transfer budget on a defender, the board at the club have reportedly identified an alternative target, who would prove considerably cheaper.
Juan Cuadrado of Juventus is the player in question, with Valverde and co. feeling as though the attacking instincts of the Colombian would fit well with the club’s ethos.
However, Cuadrado is a winger, and has spoken in the past of his desire to remain as such, so a potential switch to a full-back role would likely not interest the former Chelsea star.
In addition, both the South American and his agent have stated recently that his preference is to remain at Juventus, despite persistent links with a summer exit.
Though the aforementioned deals currently look unlikely to come to fruition for Barca, there was positive news elsewhere this evening regarding another of the club’s key summer targets.