Manchester United have increased their offer for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado to €50 million in order to stave off late interest from Bayern Munich, reports German newspaper Bild.
The Red Devils had placed a €40 million offer with the Serie A club earlier this week but were forced to act when Bayern Munich matched their offer. Offering Champions League football and virtually guaranteeing domestic success, Pep Guardiola would be confident of convincing Cuadrado to reject Manchester United, and Louis van Gaal seemingly knows that.
Instead of waiting for Fiorentina to accept both offers and having to battle with personal talks, Manchester United want to make sure Bayern Munich don't have a bid accepted at all; something made clear by their reaction to the Bavarian's transfer bid.
Manchester United are taking their transfer business into overdrive despite the fact Van Gaal is still committed with the Dutch national team. Ed Woodward has already seen over transfer deals for Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, taking Manchester United's spending up to £60 million.
World Cup form
Cuadrado has emerged as a target for Manchester United during the World Cup as he continues to impress on the right-wing with his pace, skill and dribbling ability for Colombia. Fiorentina fans won't be surprise by the 26-year-old's form, however, as he performed sensationally for large parts of last season.
Cuadrado scored 11 goals and created five for the Viola, convincing the club to pay £10 million to buy the full rights to him from Udinese. But that seems to have been purely to make a quick profit as they prepare for his sale.
Why do Man United want him?
Cuadrado not only has excessive pace but also skill on the ball. He would be a nightmare for Premier League defenders and would help to alleviate pressure on the under-performing Antonio Valencia on the right-wing. He also has the versatility to play on the left where Ashley Young and Wilfried Zaha have failed to impress.
Other interested parties
Bild say that, as well as Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Barcelona are both keeping an eye on the situation. However, Arsenal's interest is hard to believe as they look close to agreeing a deal for Alexis Sanchez, who plays in the same position as Cuadrado.
Barcelona are concentrating their efforts on signing Luis Suarez and it is not known whether there will be much left in the Nou Camp piggy bank if they manage to convince Liverpool to sell.