Juan Cuadrado could be set to leave Fiorentina, as suitors Manchester United and Barcelona appear to be stepping up their interest in the Columbian star.
Cuadrado starred for Columbia at the world cup over the summer and has been linked with a move to one of Europe’s top clubs continuously throughout the transfer window.
Manchester United have been linked with the winger, as Louis van Gaal attempts to add options to his squad. The Dutchman feels that Cuadrado will fit perfectly into his new 3-5-2 system and would add some much needed quality in the wide areas, which United currently lacks.
The Catalan giants have also embarked on a squad overhaul this summer and have set their sights on Cuadrado. After beating United to the signing of Thomas Vermaelen over the weekend, the Spanish side are gearing up for a repeat of the feat.
The lure of Champions League football is in Barcelona’s favour, however United will be prepared to offer him a more lucrative contract to play in the Premier League.
Fiorentina willing to sell?
Marko Marin, who has arrived at the Serie A side on a season long loan from Chelsea, could be seen as a ready-made replacement for Cuadrado.
Fiorentina’s club president, Andrea Della, has already stated that Cuadrado has asked to leave the club, and although he has tried to persuade one of his star assets to stay one more season, he is not holding out much hope.
Della told Sport Mediaset, “I met with Juan today, and he asked me if he could leave.
“I asked him, ‘stay one more year’, but I’m not optimistic.”
Having secured the services of Marin, it now appears the Italians side are already planning for life without the Columbia. But Marin should be capable of filling the void left in the Italian’s midfield by the Columbian’s departure.
If Cuadrado does leave then it will require an offer in excess of £30 million, with reports claiming Fiorentina are unwilling to lower their valuation of £35 million. United should have no problem meeting the price after signalling throughout the summer they have cash to spend and are willing to break their transfer record if deemed necessary.
With a deadline of 15th August set by the Italians for any transfer to be completed, and the start of the Premier League this weekend, there will surely be activity before the end of the week.