Juan Cuadrado, one of the stars of Colombia’s World Cup campaign, claims he will consider his future with Fiorentina after the competition in Brazil. The midfielder has been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, while Barcelona have also been credited with interest.
A wanted man
Cuadrado has provided three assists, the benchmark in the 2014 tournament, as Colombia have reached the quarter-final and his performances have led to speculation that he could secure a transfer to a club of more prominent standing.
The Premier League is a potential destination, as the Daily Star reports, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United all interested, with the managers of each club, Arsene Wenger, Brendan Rodgers and Louis van Gaal, all in the market for attacking reinforcements.
Cuadrado, though, is content at Fiorentina and, even if he were to secure a transfer this summer, will not make any decision on his next club until after the World Cup, with Colombia carrying great momentum into the last eight.
No transfer decision just yet
"I've said it before and I'll say it again. My family and I are very happy in Florence. Right now I'm focussed on the World Cup, after which the time will come to think about my future,” Cuadrado told reporters.
Should either Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester United decide to formalise this supposed interest in the 26-year-old, then it would take an offer to the north of €30 million. And it is a fee that has stunned the player.
"It's feels strange to be valued at over €30m,” he added. “It seemed incredible at first, but I'm very happy here. I haven't changed my mind."
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Where would he fit?
Despite this supposed interest from the Premier League’s elite, Cuadrado is unlikely to be a priority acquisition for any of the three clubs seemingly monitoring his situation.
But were he to suit any of these sides, then Arsenal would the most likely. While keen to add more goals to his side, Wenger is also on the lookout for a new right-back following the departure of Bacary Sagna.
Cuadrado showed last season that he is able to operate effectively in a defensive right-sided role, doing so on 12 occasions for Fiorentina, and this versatility ensures he could at least be considered a successor to Sagna.
Wenger clearly has no issue with transforming a more traditional winger into a full-back, and had been his intent in the pursuit of James Milner, although the Arsenal tactician would almost certainly not outlay much of his transfer budget on a defensive minded signing.