Man Utd Table €35m Bid For Serie A Attacker But Face Competition From Barcelona

By on July 22, 2014

The summer transfer window is now open for business and it’s expected to be a busy few weeks as managers strengthen their squads ahead of next season, so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Man Utd make their move for Juan Cuadrado.

Manchester United have tabled a formal €35m bid for Fiorentina attacker Juan Cuadrado but face stiff competition from Barcelona to land the talented Colombian international, according to reports in Spain.

Cuadrado has just enjoyed an excellent season in Serie A where he netted 15 goals in 43 appearances for Fiorentina and followed it up with some impressive performances at the World Cup for Colombia.

United were strongly linked with the 26-year-old earlier in the summer but were thought to have switched their attention to other targets once Louis van Gaal took over as boss.

However, it appears the Dutchman has renewed the clubs interest in the versatile winger as Spanish newspaper Sport claims that United have now tabled a formal €35m (£27.7m) bid and are waiting to hear back from Fiorentina on whether it’s been accepted.

The former champions offer is well above the €18m Fiorentina had to pay to acquire 100% of the players economic rights, but the newspaper suggests that the Italians are expected to reject the bid and hold out for at least €40m following the attackers impressive displays over in Brazil.

It remains to be seen whether United will stretch that far but they will also have to fend off serious interest from Barcelona with Sport stating that Barcelona are ready to match United’s €35m bid and hope the player will favour a switch to the Nou Camp.

New Barca boss Luis Enrique has supposedly identified Cuadrado as a key signing this summer and plans to deploy him as an attacking full-back in place of Dani Alves in his new-look starting eleven.

It’s not clear what United’s plans would be for Cuadrado if they were successful in luring him to England as they too could view him as an attack-minded right-back, but he’s more comfortable playing further forward as a winger and I suspect this is where van Gaal would utilise him at Old Trafford.

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He would certainly be an exciting addition if United could pull it off but there is a long way to go before any deal is tied-up and Barcelona pose a real threat to any potential deal for the Red Devils.

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