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Juan Cuadrado to hold Fiorentina talks after holiday

Juan Cuadrado to hold talks with Fiorentina.
Juan Cuadrado to hold talks with Fiorentina..

Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have received a boost in their alleged pursuit of Juan Cuadrado after Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade intimated that the in-demand winger's future at Stadio Artemio Franchi is anything but uncertain.

The Daily Express reports how the Colombia international - who was one of the standout performers for his country at the World Cup this summer - has attracted admiring glances from a host of top European clubs, and has been tipped for a possible move to the Premier League.

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Fiorentina only purchased full ownership of the 26-year-old's sporting rights from Udinese in an £11 million deal last month, but could be forced into selling the star player before the close of the transfer window if he expresses a desire to leave Italy.

"Cuadrado is a very strong player," Prade explained in an interview with Tuttomercatoweb. "The Della Valle family [Fiorentina owners] has done an enormous effort to buy the full sporting rights of the player.

"Now we will have to wait for him to return before we know where his future will be."

Manchester United interest

New Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has been credited with an interest in bringing the South American to Old Trafford ahead of the 2014/15 campaign having been impressed with Cuadrado's tournament displays in Brazil.

The Serie 'A' talent scored one goal and contributed four assists as Colombia reached the quarter-finals before eventually being knocked out by the host nation following a 2-1 defeat in Fortaleza.

Arsenal interest

Arsene Wenger is also believed to be a huge admirer of Cuadrado, as he too looks for attacking reinforcements at the Emirates Stadium this summer. However, an out-and-out striker remains the Arsenal manager's top priority to ease the goalscoring burden on Olivier Giroud next season.

Liverpool complete the trio of interested Premier League parties, despite the fact Brendan Rodgers has already significantly strengthened his Anfield squad ahead of the Reds' return to the Champions League next term.

Liverpool activity

The Merseyside club have successfully added Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can to their ranks, and according to Sky Sports are closing in on deals for Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi - which will be funded by the imminent sale of star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

What happens next?

A Liverpool bid for Cuadrado could also be in the offing if his negotiations with Fiorentina when he returns from holiday are unsuccessful, and it turns out the player wants to leave the club he's spent the past two seasons playing for.

"We will do all that we can to convince him to remain but all will be decided when he returns [from holiday]," added Prade. "For the time being we have not received any official offers for him."

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