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.
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:
Only Juan Cuadrado registered more assists (4) during the World Cup than Toni Kroos (3). pic.twitter.com/J4ktdUvaN0— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 17, 2014
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.
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):
Is Juan Cuadrado worth £27.7 million to Manchester United?
“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.