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Arsenal must sign Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado before the World Cup

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Arsenal were linked with a late move for Juan Cuadrado on deadline day when the Julian Draxler deal fell through, but it was too little too late.

The Colombian is a right-winger who plays for Fiorentina and is co-owned with Udinese, so the deal could not get done in that short amount of time.

Cuadrado said upon learning of the Gunners interest: "I did not know. It's something that pleases me, but I'm happy here at Fiorentina and later we'll see."

However Fiorentina have been working on an agreement to buy out Udinese's stake in the player so they can sell him in summer.

Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella has revealed that they aren't in a position to turn down a sizeable offer for the wide man.

The 25-year-old has an impressive six goals in 11 appearances for his side this season. He is naturally a right wing back but has been prolific this season playing further forward for the Serie 'A' outfit.

His 10 key passes is the second highest in the Fiorentina team this season, while his average of 2.8 successful dribbles per game makes him the most prolific in the squad.

Arsenal have been lacking pace this season and with Theo Walcott out until Christmas they will be in need of a natural winger along with a defensive midfielder and a striker.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City have all benefited from pace on the wings this season and the north London club will need to invest in a natural winger to progress in the upcoming season.

Cuadrado is a skilful winger, with pace and defensive qualities. He has all the attributes to make him be one of the best wingers in the world in years to come.

The Colombian will be one to watch at the World Cup this summer. He is also said to be attracting interest from Juventus and Bayern Munich, so I believe Arsene Wenger should get the deal done before the World Cup starts.

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