Arsenal are set to make a move for former Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado after having an initial £22million bid knocked back by Juventus.
The Colombian radio station RCN has reported that Arsene Wenger has gone in for the 29-year-old with the club also on the verge of netting £52m Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.
According to the Metro, the Old Lady had set a £26.3million asking price for Cuadrado.
Jose Mourinho signed Cuadrado for the Blues from Fiorentina in 2015, but the wide man only made 13 appearances at Stamford Bridge.
With Alexis Sanchez looking likely to leave Arsenal, Wenger is aware that the club need to cover his bases, with the Gunners set to play in the Europa League as well as their domestic commitments.
Juve only signed him full time for £17m this year as PSG, AC Milan and the North London club have all shown an interest.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future is also in the balance, with the England international now in the final year of his contract.
Wenger has made Monaco winger Thomas Lemar a priority and Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez remains an option.
Arsenal’s players have been getting back to it at London Colney as their summer break winds down, with pre-season training and summer tour imminent ahead of the Premier League campaign.
And after signing a two-year extension at the end of last season, Wenger will want to get his transfer business done before the end of the window at 11pm on August 31.
Cuadrado was a key part of Juventus’ charge to the Champions League final.
But he was booked and then sent off after a controversial incident involving Sergio Ramos in the 83rd-minute as Real won 4-1 in Cardiff, it was a bizarre sending off and could be his final act for the club.
Cuadrado also hosted a charity football match in tandem with Paul Pogba in June, that raised money for the Juan Cuadrado foundation.
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