Manchester United and Manchester City set to rival La Liga giants for January signing of Juan Cuadrado…
After a superb World Cup in Brazil, Colombian star Juan Cuadrado was one of the most highly sought after players of the summer transfer window. He was heavily tipped to make a move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid, with both Manchester clubs also thought to be interested.
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The rumours have resurfaced ahead of the Janaury transfer window, with Spanish publication Sport suggesting that Barcelona and Madrid are once again locked in a battle for the Fiorentina star’s signature.
En España dicen que @Cuadrado está entre Barcelona y Real Madrid: http://t.co/syxRY7Pobo #DeColombianos pic.twitter.com/T6CemSNyC2
— Gol Caracol (@GolCaracol) November 17, 2014
No one met the Serie A side’s valuation of the World Cup sensation over the summer, but after a less than stellar start to the new campaign his asking price may have dropped somewhat.
He was kept at Fiorentina by being offered a lucrative new contract, but with the contract came the insertion of a €35m buyout clause. This equates to roughly £28m, a fee that any of the top clubs could easily afford.
Cuadrado is a versatile player who is even capable of playing wing-back, a position Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is very keen to strengthen.
Manchester City and United have both held talks in recent weeks with his club to discuss a January transfer, so we could be seeing Cuadrado in the Premier League very soon.