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Italian Serie A outfit, AC Milan, are set to swoop for Chelsea misfit Juan Cuadrado, in a £14million summer deal.
The 27-year-old Colombian has struggled to impress since his January arrival from Milan‘s Serie A counterparts, Fiorentina, when he signed for £27million.
Cuadrado has been limited to just twelve appearances in the West Londoners title-winning side.
AC’s city-rivals, Inter Milan, have also been keeping tabs on the player – though according to reports, the Red and Black half of Milan will win the battle to land Cuadrado later this summer.
Their recently appointed manager, Sinisa Mihajlovic, has informed the club hierarchy that he would like to add the internationally capped player to his squad, in time for the start of the 2015/16 Italian top-flight.
But despite the pleas of the Milan manager – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insisted he does not wish to part ways with Cuadrado – and has high hopes for him in Chelsea’s title-defending season.
he said: “Cuadrado is not going anywhere this summer.
“People don’t know Cuadrado yet, I have seen him many times when we were both in Italy, me at Inter and him at Udinese.
“Because of that I have a lot of hopes for him for next season. I hope in the Copa America he can regain his self-esteem, his ego and that he has that joy of playing.”
by Ben Reardon