Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado has informed Fiorentina of his desire to move to a bigger club to further his career and the Serie A is willing to let him go for the right price.
Cuadadro, 26, has emerged as a potential Louis van Gaal signing after his impressive World Cup performances with Colombia and the fact his versatility means he could happily play at right-back or right-wing.
A fee of €50m for Cuadadro is what has been most prominent in the press and speaking to reporters this afternoon, Fiorentina boss Andrea Della Valle revealed the club had no intention to stand in Cuadadro’s way.
“I’ve spoken with Cuadrado and explained to him our project,” he said.
“I said ‘try staying a year with a side like ours, with a winning project.’ Of course I’m not optimistic because if a big offer were to arrive, I would have to let him go.
“I continue to hope that he will stay, even though the chances are not very high. Let’s see over the course of the next week. The lad understood and he responded well. Actually, he responded very well. But of course the World Cup hasn’t helped our hopes [of keeping him].
“Juan is a very frank and honest lad so let’s just see. We’ve set a deadline of 7-10 days to decide, or two weeks at most, but if certain amounts of money are offered, then it’s going to be practically impossible to keep him. People in the city need to know that.”
Della Valle also said Cuadrado has said he wants to move to a bigger club as the next step in his career and the two clubs in question are Barcelona and United. The former have spent heavily in the transfer market so United are considered the favourites to sign Cuadrado were he to leave Fiorentina.
United certainly need to strengthen on the right flank so Cuadrado will more than tick the box in that respect and his performances at the World Cup, where only Toni Kroos had more assists than him, showed how prolific he can be at the highest level.
We’ll be bringing you a profile about Cuadrado and taking a look at his strengths and weaknesses this week to discuss just why he could be a fantastic signing for Van Gaal.