Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado is in advanced talks over a return to Juventus.
The 28-year-old joined the Blues on their United States tour this summer following the end of his loan spell in Turin last season.
New manager Antonio Conte is an admirer of the Colombian but has been unable to offer him assurances over a regular first-team berth.
Cuadrado signed for Chelsea in January 2015 having impressed at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 with his explosive playing style.
Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus offered him the chance to rebuild his reputation in 2015/16 and the flamboyant midfielder flourished with the Old Lady.
Allegri made it clear he did not want Cuadrado to return to west London and the player’s agent has been in talks with the Stamford Bridge club to resolve the issue for some time.
A £3.5million loan fee is said to have been agreed between the two clubs and Chelsea are understood to be inserting a mandatory buyout clause into the deal.
The pre-agreed transfer fee for Cuadrado is said to be as low as £22million but is dependent on the wide-man activating the clause by making a minimum number of appearances.
Conte has left Cuadrado out of all of his matchday squads so far this season as negotiations have rumbled on behind the scenes in an attempt to resolve the situation.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are confident of tying up a deal for Fiorentina’s Marcos Alonso before the transfer window slams shut tomorrow night.
The Blues are short of options in defence and allowed left-back Baba Rahman to join Schalke on loan earlier this month in search or regular football.
Rahman failed to impress the Stamford Bridge hierarchy after joining from Bundesliga side Augsburg a year ago and head coach Conte deemed him surplus to requirements.