Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi pushed for the signing of Juan Cuadrado on a free transfer for reasons of technical quality and experience.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who also report that the Colombian was very eager to make the surprise switch to the Nerazzurri this summer.

A couple days ago, the idea of Cuadrado joining Inter would’ve seemed almost like a fantasy.

But now, it looks almost a done deal. Reportedly, the 35-year-old will arrive in Milan this evening, then undergo his medicals tomorrow.

Cuadrado is ready to sign a one-year deal with Inter on a free transfer. The ex-Juventus and Fiorentina veteran will earn around €2.5 million net per the season.

And the fact that Inter have welcomed a player who’s just spent eight years playing for bitter rivals with open arms has raised a few eyebrows.

According to the Gazzetta, however, behind the scenes there were few such doubts.

Simone Inzgahi A Big Sponsor Of Juan Cuadrado At Inter Milan

According to the Gazzetta, Inzaghi has always been a big fan of Cuadrado.

Out of all the players he’s regularly crossed paths with in his seasons coaching in Serie A, he’s always had an eye on the Colombian.

From Inzaghi’s perspective, Cuadrado’s technical quality, range of passing, and deliveries into the box from the right flank are virtually without parallel in the Italian top flight.

Therefore, for the coach, there was no need to think twice. Cuadrado being available on a low-cost free transfer fee saw Inzaghi jump at the chance.

The player’s age does not bother the former Lazio coach either – he believes that in the short term, the 35-year-old has plenty to offer.

And from the player’s side, the sentiment is the same.

Cuadrado is not put off by the fact that he’ll be crossing the Derby d’Italia divide. On a footballing level, he’s very happy to join Inter.

The Colombian sees the Nerazzurri as having the right footballing project for him to give one last big salvo in Italian football.