Arsenal are interested in signing Juan Cuadrado from Juventus instead of Thomas Lemar after the transfer window reopens in January, according to Mirror.
The Gunners had trailed the French sensation, Lemar, from AS Monaco all summer long as a potential replacement for Alexis Sanchez and they allegedly had made a bid of around £90million for the young winger during the deadline day of the summer window.
However, the prospective transfer could not be completed on time and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had revealed after the failed move that he would entertain another pursuit for the French international in January transfer window.
In a twist though, recent reports from North London have suggested that Wenger has diverted his attention from the young Frenchman to Juventus’ tricky wide midfielder Juan Cuadrado instead and will make a move for the ex-Chelsea man in January.
This recent interest in signing the Colombian, who will be into his 30’s soon, might be surprising but the move could be justified as well due to the fact that Cuadrado will be able to play as both a winger and a wing-back and would fit perfectly into the 3-5-2 formation which Wenger looks set to persist with.
While signing the 29-year-old might be reasonable from the Gunners’ perspective, it will be interesting to see how Juventus will approach the alleged move for their star man. The Old Lady already have the likes of Douglas Costa and Fedreico Bernardeschi within their ranks, and both of them look hugely promising prospects.
The duo is much younger than Cuadrado but in saying that, the experienced South American offers versatility in multiple positions and this provides manager Max Allegri with the flexibility he desires at Juventus in terms of personnel.
It will be interesting to see how this transfer unfolds and how the 29-year-old will fit into Arsene Wenger’s team should Arsenal land the Colombian international.