After a string of magnificent performances for Colombia at the World Cup, Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado has become the subject of wide ranging interest from Europe's biggest clubs.
Anthony Chapman of the Express writes that Bayern Munich have entered the race for the Fiorentina player's signature along with Liverpool and Arsenal, harming United's chances of making the acquisition.
Chapman writes that Bayern see Cuadrado as their long-term right-back, taking over from Philipp Lahm, who plays primarily in the midfield under Pep Guardiola.
It was thought that United have already made a £30 million pound bid for the dynamic wide player, but Fiorentina want closer to £40 million after his recent performances, per Chapman.
ESPN FC editor James Tyler tweeted about Cuadrado, highlighting European football writer James Horncastle's thoughts on the player's skill and ability.
Fiorentina co-owner Andrea Della Valle recently spoke to Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Fox Sports) about holding on to Cuadrado:
We will do everything possible to keep hold of Cuadrado. It is a difficult situation, but my first aim is to keep Cuadrado in Florence. There are no firm price tags set, nor have I spoken to any clubs. I must admit, Cuadrado's performances and visibility in the World Cup are not helping.
The player also commented about his future and potential, per Fox Sports. He proclaimed:
I reiterate that my family and I are happy in Florence. I will only think about my future after the World Cup. Right now I'm living in a dream. This is just the beginning as we have not seen the real Cuadrado.
It's a strange feeling to be worth more than 30million euros. At the beginning it seemed incredible but now I am happy. However, this has not changed my mentality.
Cuadrado had a magnificent season for Fiorentina in 2013-14 as he danced his way past many an opponent on a regular basis. The 26-year-old returned figures of 13 goals in 38 appearances in Serie A and the Europa League, per WhoScored.com, also providing eight assists.
The player has been on fire during the World Cup and has been one of Colombia's main protagonists with James Rodriguez.
He already has four assists and a goal to his name during the tournament and threatens to improve these figures against Brazil, per WhoScored.com.
United's Marouane Fellaini, meanwhile, has also spoken about his future after speculation that he will not be in Louis van Gaal's plans at the club arose.
Sky Sports reports that the big Belgian has said he will wait until his World Cup campaign is over, although he defended his reputation, saying: "I don't have to prove [anything]—I've been a professional footballer for eight years."
Cuadrado has gone under the radar for most of the season, with top clubs looking at more fashionable names, but it is fair to say that the last two weeks of tournament football have exploded his reputation. United could do with a versatile right-sided attacker who is also defensively sound after the continued failures of Nani and Antonio Valencia.
Is Juan Cuadrado worth £40 million?
Both current United wingers have caused the club major issues with their fluctuating form, but with the Red Devils undergoing a major squad rebuild, £40 million on Cuadrado could be viewed as excessive.
United do need a new set of wingers, but if they are willing to spend such a large amount, many would hope it would be on a more established name, such as Marco Reus or Angel Di Maria.
As for Fellaini, with LvG more than likely to play a 4-3-3 system when he starts his job at Old Trafford, the Belgian's United future is in doubt; it is a formation that the player will not be able to play, his lack of mobility would be hugely exposed and is something that Van Gaal will not tolerate.