Chelsea Transfer News: Juan Cuadrado Return, Latest on Radamel Falcao Rumours

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2016

Chelsea’s Juan Cuadrado, left, and Chelsea’s Radamel Falcao during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira
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Chelsea may be forced to keep hold of Colombian loan flops Juan Cuadrado and Radamel Falcao. Juventus are thought to be reluctant to make the former's signing permanent, while the latter isn't wanted at parent club Monaco.

According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, Juve would only be willing to sign Cuadrado on permanent terms this summer if Chelsea lower their valuation to between €10 million (£7.6 million) and €15 million (£11.4 million).

TURIN, ITALY - DECEMBER 13:  Juan Cuadrado of Juventus FC looks on during the Serie A match betweeen Juventus FC and ACF Fiorentina at Juventus Arena on December 13, 2015 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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The report stated the Old Lady had previously agreed to pay a €27 million (£20.6 million) figure for the former Fiorentina ace, but their estimation of the player appears to have fallen since he made a Serie A return.

Cuadrado has managed only 12 starts in 22 appearances for the Bianconeri, but he's likely to be unwanted at Stamford Bridge, too, after making just four Premier League starts in his first six months with Chelsea.

That being said, Di Marzio translator David Amoyal, stated it was "likely" Juventus would buy the winger, who has also been tried out as a wing-back since joining Massimiliano Allegri's squad last summer:

FourFourTwo's Adam Digby recently quoted Cuadrado, who appeared to be enjoying his stay in Turin and referred to his Juventus team-mates as "family":

Meanwhile, compatriot and international attacking partner Falcao has struggled for playing time in west London, and his injury woes meant Monaco were unwilling to cut short his temporary stay at Chelsea.

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told French radio station RMC that the Ligue 1 outfit considered the prospect of bringing Falcao back to the French Riviera, but his lack of match fitness stopped a return (h/t Goal's Chris Davie):

"It's true that we have spoken several times with Falcao. The first idea was that he returned to Monaco to play the second half of the season. He came to us, he was assessed by our doctors. Unfortunately, he was injured. We took the decision, it is better that he remains at Chelsea."

The Colombia striker has made just two starts for the Blues this season and managed to score only four goals in 29 appearances on loan at Manchester United last season.

ESPN FC's Ben Dinnery provided quotes from interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink, who confirmed Falcao isn't even training at present, suggesting it will be some time before he's fit to play again:

Falcao's injury struggles first began when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in January 2014, meaning he eventually missed out on a place in Colombia's World Cup squad that year.

Both Cuadrado and Falcao have endured difficult Chelsea careers, and the west London giants may be happy to rid themselves of both misfits come the summer transfer window.