Bayern Munich have matched Manchester United's opening offer of €40m for Colombian wing wizard Juan Cuadrado and are very confident of closing a deal for one of Serie A's shining stars after the World Cup, according to Bild.
Cuadrado has been nothing short of sensational in this summer's South American showpiece and some of Europe's biggest clubs have taken note, with United first to table an opening offer to Fiorentina earlier this week.
Bayern have reacted to that formal approach from the Red Devils by matching it and also considering a €20m deal for Atletico Madrid's defensive linchpin Diego Godin.
Bayern mean business
Pep Guardiola has decided to move for Cuadrado because Xherdan Shaqiri's future looks increasingly uncertain, with the showcase of the World Cup helping the Swiss starlet to attract interest from Liverpool.
Bayern have offered Shaqiri a new, improved contract and would ideally like one of Europe's most promising young players to stay at the Allianz Arena, but they are extremely serious about closing a deal for Cuadrado if that's not a possibility.
The Bundesliga giants have dispatched Italian agent and transfer fixer Giovanni Branchini to work on the terms a proposed move, but will have to wait until after the World Cup for formal talks with Cuadrado.
Fiorentina in a strong position
Unfortunately for both United and Bayern they will have to pay a premium to sign undoubtedly one of the most consistent performers at the World Cup to date, because Fiorentina only agreed to deal to own 100% of Cuadrado's registration rights last month.
The murky world of Serie A allows clubs in the same division to co-own stars and this had previously been the case with Cuadrado, who has represented Fiorentina for the last two seasons while also belonging in part to Udinese.
Fiorentina reached an agreement to take full control of Cuadrado in mid-June and now have the 26-year-old under contract until 2017, but that doesn't mean his long-term future doesn't lie elsewhere.
Patience is a virtue
La Viola hold all the cards but look likely to decide that straight after the World Cup is a fantastic time to secure the highest possible fee for a player at the peak of his powers, hoping interest from multiple European clubs can spark a bidding war which nets them a very healthy profit.
Bayern recognise the need to eventually find alternatives to experienced stars Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery on either flank, but have other transfer priorities and if they can't close a quick deal for Cuadrado will move on.
United are desperate to sign a dynamic winger this summer and lead the race after making the first move, but both teams face a frustrating wait until Colombia are knocked out of the World Cup to get move forward in this particular transfer tussle despite ongoing talks with Fiorentina.