Agent Hands Man Utd Major Boost In Pursuit Of €50m Attacker

By on July 31, 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 receive a boost in their pursuit of Juan Cuadrado.

Manchester United have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Juan Cuadrado with the attackers agent confirming that talks with Barcelona have stalled, according to reports.

Cuadrado has become one of the most sought-after players in Europe after an excellent showing at the World Cup finals, with the player catching the eye in an impressive Colombian side that reached the quarter-final’s before losing out to hosts Brazil.

His displays this summer came off the back of a superb season with Fiorentina, where the 27-year-old scored 15 goals in 43 appearances to help his side to a fourth-placed finish to qualify for the Europa League.

Cuadrado’s performances have led to interest from some of Europe’s top clubs with Manchester United and Barcelona among those who have been strongly linked with a move for the exciting attacker over the course of the last few weeks.

Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade said earlier this week that they are yet to receive any formal offers for the player but would reluctantly cash-in if a €50m bid was put on the table:

“We have had no official bids for Cuadrado.”

“However it would be very difficult to refuse an offer of €50m (£40m).”

“We hope he will stay with us but I must say how things are.” Prade is quoted as saying by the Express

There has been speculation that United could miss out as Cuadrado supposedly favours a move to Barcelona and although the players agent, Alessandro Lucci, has now confirmed he has held talks with the Catalans about a potential move to the Nou Camp, it appears the Spaniard’s may have been put off by Fiorentina’s valuation as Lucci hinted that the initial talks are yet to go any further.

‘I’ve been in direct contact with Barcelona and with other clubs. They showed interest but now there are no negotiations in place, not with Barcelona or any other clubs.’ Lucci is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail

With Barca talks stalling, it has opened the door for United to step up their interest and try and lure the Colombian to Old Trafford. Cuardrado is predominantly a right winger but is also capable of playing as a right-back, so Louis van Gaal may want the player to play as an attacking wing-back in his new 3-5-2 formation.

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Beating Barcelona to his signature would certainly be considered as a major coup but it remains to be seen whether the former champions will be prepared to meet Fiorentina’s €50m asking price.

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