Chelsea prepared to cut their losses on Cuadrado

Chelsea are prepared to let Juan Cuadrado end his short spell in England this summer, but only on a permanent transfer.

The Colombia international enjoyed a fine World Cup Finals last year, and having begun the season well for Fiorentina, the Blues paid £22million to lure him to London in February. Although the forward has a Premier League title and the League Cup to show for his spell in the capital, in truth he made very little impact for the champions.

Cuadrado played 14 times for Chelsea in all competitions, yet he failed to score a single goal or even create an assist for his team-mates. Since the end of the season he has been linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge, with a return to Italy his most likely route, as Jose Mourinho looks willing to cut his losses and let the 27-year-old leave.

However, according to reports, the Londoners are not interested in letting him join another club on loan and will only listen to offers to take him on a permanent basis. The Sun believe Roman Abramovich is prepared to take a loss on Cuadrado and sell him for £18million, and are hoping this is a price Italian champions Juventus are happy to meet.

The Bianconeri, beaten UEFA Champions League finalists last season, are said to have lined up a loan deal for the winger so it remains to be seen if they are prepared to pay for his services outright. But if there is little interest elsewhere, then the Blues may instead look to recoup their money by persuading the Turin giants to take up a long-term loan.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have confirmed the departure of Filipe Luis after just one season in England. The Brazilian linked up with the Blues last summer from Atletico Madrid in a £16million transfer, but despite making 26 appearances in all competitions, he failed to convince and has now returned to the Vicente Calderon club on a four-year deal.

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