Juan Cuadrado has seemingly become the latest player to attract strong interest from Manchester United, in a move that could have significant repercussions for Portuguese winger Nani.
According to recent reports from the Spanish press cited by talkSPORT, the Red Devils have tabled a bid worth approximately £27.5 million for Fiorentina's Cuadrado, a player that proved his considerable worth for Colombia during their run to the quarter-finals of this summer's World Cup in neighbouring Brazil.
The same source further reports that such a pursuit could signal the end of Nani's time at Old Trafford, with Manchester United supposedly content to sell the former Sporting Lisbon man this summer.
If new manager Louis van Gaal was indeed to sanction the sale of Nani before the close of the current transfer window, it is highly unlikely that his departure would be met with anything other than cold indifference by the majority of Manchester United fans.
Having arrived in the Premier League from his native Portugal back in 2007, Nani has impressed on occasion out on the flank but his chronic lack of consistency has led to much criticism from the stands.
Indeed, the 27-year-old made just 11 top-flight appearances during an injury-plagued 2013/14 campaign under David Moyes, a fact that made the decision to hand him a new five-year contract in September all the more baffling.
Despite an obvious lack of form at domestic level, Manchester United may find that there are several suitors for Nani's signature from Serie A.
AC Milan are the latest club to be linked with a potential switch for the £6.5 million-rated wideman, although Italian champions Juventus have also been frequently credited with an interest in his signature.
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Colombian Cuadrado would certainly represent a satisfying upgrade on Nani at Old Trafford, not to mention the likes of Ashley Young and Wilfried Zaha.
Although primarily an attacking winger, Cuadrado's versatility and ability to be deployed at full-back could certainly appeal to Van Gaal if the experienced Dutchman decides he wants to experiment with Manchester United's defensive formation.
Whether Fiorentina will accept the bid for Cuadrado or hold out to see if they can entice his others suitors - believed to include the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich - remains to be seen, but it stands to reason that they will want to raise as much money as possible given the fact that they only obtained the player's full rights from Udinese last month.
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