Reports linking Manchester United with a move for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado have continued to gather pace and Gianluca Di Marzio has suggested United are now ready to make an official bid for the winger.
Cuadrado, 26, played a starring role in Colombia’s World Cup campaign with some fine performances and his total of three assists was only bettered by Toni Kroos who finished the tournament with four.
Since the World Cup, United and Barcelona have been heavily linked with Cuadrado but it is now United who are consistently being linked with a move for him.
Louis van Gaal has made it clear he is happy to bring in new players if they improve the current squad and perhaps the most pertinent point about Cuadrado is that his versatility could see him happily play just as comfortably at right-back as at right-wing, something which would tick the box for Van Gaal who is looking for players who completely buy into his philosophy.
This piece from Bleacher Report takes a look at why Cuadrado would be such a good signing for United and also points towards how much of an asset his versatility is as it is something which would make him a real asset to the squad.
Rafael’s injury early on in the tour left Antonio Valencia and Chris Smalling as the only options at right-back position and when Valencia was injured against Liverpool, Ashley Young filled in that role. Further forward, United’s options at right-wing aren’t currently very strong either so Cuadrado would improve that as well.
United need a fresh face on the right-flank and the versatile Cuadrado could be a perfect fit for precisely what Van Gaal is looking for. That being said, United would be unlikely to pay €50m for the Colombian but there’d be room for negotiation with Fiorentina who are likely to be keen to cash in on their most valuable asset.