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Manchester United Transfer News: Juan Cuadrado Deadline Set as Player Asks to Go

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - JUNE 06: Juan Cuadrado of Colombia shoots a penalty kick to score the second goal during the International Friendly Match between Colombia and Jordan at Pedro Bidegain Stadium on June 06, 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Alfredo Herms/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured Columnist IVDecember 17, 2016

Juan Cuadrado looks increasingly likely to leave Fiorentina with Manchester United widely rumoured to be leading the chase for his signature.

Following the Serie A side's 2-0 friendly victory over Malaga on Sunday, coach Vincenzo Montella hinted the versatile Colombian may be on his way out, but only for the right price, per GianlucaDiMarzio.com: 

"This was discussed a lot, what the president said was enough. The player must be purchased for an adequate price: at the moment it’s not my problem."

Metro's Chris Winterburn reports United and Barcelona are the two teams eager to sign Cuadrado with the player available for purchase:

Fiorentina club president Andrea Della Valle recently said the player would be allowed to leave but added that, if clubs wished to claim Cuadrado's services, they must get their bids in before his deadline of mid-August, per FourFourTwo:

Should it happen that an important offer arrives, we would have to allow Cuadrado to leave. [...]

He is honest and serious with us, and I told him if an offer should arrive we would free him. But the deadline is about a week to ten days away - around August 15 and if there is no adequate period in this period, he will remain.

The 26-year-old's value is reportedly estimated at £36 million, thus United will have to splash the cash to sign him up and face competition from La Liga giants Barca, per Anthony Chapman in the Express

DENVER, CO - JULY 26: Manager Louis van Gaal walks on the pitch before a game against AS Roma during an International Champions Cup match at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on July 26, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. Manchester United defeated AS Roma 3-2.
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However, he certainly looks to be an ideal fit for the side new boss Louis van Gaal is trying to build at Old Trafford, his versatility being particularly significant.

While Cuadrado can be an attacking threat from the midfield—he bagged 11 Serie A goals last season—he can also excel at right wing-back and is thus suitable for Van Gaal's prospective 3-5-2 formation, per Squawka's Tim Simon:

While United have purchased Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera so far in the summer transfer window, they need further reinforcements if they are to return to the top of English football after a disastrous seventh-place finish in the Premier League last season.

Cuadrado would certainly add quality and balance to the Red Devils side as well as a significant threat on the flanks, which has been absent of late.

However, they seemingly need to act fast to get a bid in for the player with Della Valle's deadline looming.

Furthermore, with United's opening Premier League encounter coming up on Saturday against Swansea, Van Gaal would be well advised to confirm Cuadrado's signing before the season starts.

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