Inter Newcomer Snubbed Saudi Arabia Sirens to Join

Inter disregarded past accidents during his time at Juventus to onboard Juan Cuadrado on a free move this summer. The Colombian took his time before picking his new team and fielded numerous offers. In the end, he accepted the most prestigious one, but not the richest.

Per Sky (via FootballNews24), the veteran could have joined Al-Shabab. The Saudi team offered him €8M per season. Since he was uncertain about the destination, he asked them to nearly double their proposal. The Nerazzurri swooped in while the negotiation stalled.

According to Goal, Cuadrado earns €2M at Inter, plus a potential €500k bonus should they qualify for the Championship and another add-on tied to his appearances. There’s no option to automatically prolong his contract.

The Colombian international was making €5M at Juventus. According to Calcio e Finanza, his departure was also caused by an initial misunderstanding between the parties. The Bianconeri offered him €1.5M wages, while his entourage thought the brass wanted to save as much. Once they cleared things up, they realized it was time to move on.

Cuadrado came off the bench in each of his first three Inter appearances. He provided an assist in the most recent game against Fiorentina. He’s replacing Raoul Bellanova as Denzel Dumfries’ deputy. However, Matteo Darmian could return to the wing once Benjamin Pavard begins starting.

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