Chelsea forward Juan Cuadrado is on the verge of joining Juventus on a season-long loan.
It is understood Cuadrado was of interest if they could not get hold of Schalke’s Julian Draxler or Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
And Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta revealed that the club were therefore close to bringing in Cuadrado.
As quoted on the Sky Sports website, Marotta said: “We took the opportunity, it is all done and we hope it to be official tomorrow.
“It will be a loan for the season. It was discussed and agreed with [manager] Massimo Allegri. We work on the market in complete harmony with him. We have had difficult negotiations with Schalke for Draxler.
“We will see the opportunity but, at the moment, there is veto from Schalke. It’s a difficult task, but we’ll see by the end of the market.”