Report: Juventus thought they had Cuadrado

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It appears that Juventus were certain they were going to sign in-demand Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado back in May, but things went awry.

Juventus have had a stressful time in the summer transfer market and it seems that Colombian international Juan Cuadrado has caused them some heartache.

The Old Lady have just lost their three-time Scudetto winning boss Antonio Conte because of a lack of the signings he wanted.

Two of the key men who got away are said to be Alexis Sanchez, who joined Arsenal, and Cuadrado, whose future is still up in the air.

The director of Quotidiano Sportivo, Enzo Bucchioni, believes that Juventus were certain they would add Cuadrado to their squad back in May, so the fact no deal has been done is a big blow.

The journalist believes that the two main transfer targets were Sanchez and Cuadrado and that represents a double failure.

"Juventus have good historic links with Udinese and Juventus sporting director Beppe Marotta was convinced he could buy Udinese's half of Cuadrado and then work on Fiorentina's," he writes.

"But this is where he hit a snag. Udinese and Fiorentina had been talking about Cuadrado for months and Udinese president Giampaolo Pozzo had promised his Viola counterpart Andrea Della Valle that he would only sell the other 50 percent to him."

Juventus are set to complete the signature of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata today and Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is on his way, but neither man were enough to keep coach Conte at the club.

New boss Massimiliano Allegri, who led AC Milan to the title in 2011, has a tough job persuading fans he can deliver.

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