Manchester United Transfer News: Juan Cuadrado Bid Reported in Spain

Stuart Newman@@StuNewmanSportFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2014

Colombia's Juan Cuadrado celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the group C World Cup soccer match between Japan and Colombia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Manchester United have reportedly launched a blockbuster £27.7 million bid for Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado, as per Didac Peyret of Spanish newspaper Sport (via John Drayton of the Daily Mail).

A versatile forward that impressed immensely during the World Cup with Colombia, Cuadrado was rumoured to have drawn the attention of Europe’s elite during the transfer window, but it seems United have now made the first move.

VERONA, ITALY - APRIL 13:  Juan Cuadrado of ACF Fiorentina  looks on during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona FC and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on April 13, 2014 in Verona, Italy.  (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)
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With the ability to play anywhere across the front line, Cuadrado would be a welcome addition to United’s cause, and he recently revealed he’s unsure about his Serie A future, as per Drayton: “I don’t know yet what will happen. At this moment I haven’t received any concrete offers from any club.”

The £27.7 million bid from Manchester United is very much a concrete offer, though, according to Sport, but the newspaper also reveals, via its official Twitter feed, that United could face competition for the 26-year-old’s signature from Barcelona:

It's far from a surprise to see clubs of Manchester United and Barcelona's calibre chasing Cuadrado, as he was sensational at times during the World Cup in Brazil.

Though overshadowed by James Rodriguez’s brilliance in the Colombia shirt, Cuadrado’s performances were truly impressive, providing the most assists in the tournament, as per Squawka Football:

Manchester United already have a fearsome attacking line with Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata, but Cuadrado adds something a little different to the mix—the ability to beat a player with sheer pace and flair.

His attitude also puts the aforementioned trio to shame, as when he’s given a task to do in any position, he does it; Fiorentina proved as much last term, playing Cuadrado all over the pitch to devastating effect.

TURIN, ITALY - JANUARY 12:  Juan Guglielmo Cuadrado of ACF Fiorentina in action during the Serie A match between Torino FC and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on January 12, 2014 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Having versatile players can be the difference between success and failure in the Premier League, and when David Moyes played certain players out of position last term, admittedly foolishly, their lack of versatility was clear for all to see.

That’s where Cuadrado comes in, and the difference between him being a Manchester United or Fiorentina star lies in the transfer offer, according to current manager Vincenzo Montella, as per Sky Italia (via James Phillips of Metro):

“Should he stay, it will be good, otherwise, we will seek to replace him. We need to evaluate the player’s aspirations and, above all, if there is a club out there that can pay what he is truly worth.”

The reasonable bid from United may well be assessed as what Cuadrado is “truly worth,” and if so, United will be gaining a player at the very top of his game.

Bidding for such a highly sought-after player like the Colombian outlines Louis van Gaal’s aspirations as Manchester United manager; it’s safe to say the revolution at Old Trafford is very much underway.