Juan Cuadrado’s agent has lifted the lid on his client’s potential move away from Fiorentina, insisting the Colombian has received no official offers.
Barcelona and Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the World Cup winger, but nothing has materialised thus far. However Alessandro Lucci, the players representative, has felt the need to put all the speculation to rest, and admitted that a certain Spanish club has been in contact.
“It’s normally my way to say nothing about my clients.” He told Tutto Mercato Web. “But the media wave is so great that it could soon threaten to be a tsunami.
“That’s why I have felt compelled to intervene and explain how things are and what the situation is. With Barcelona, as with other clubs, I have been in contact for some time.”
Despite media claims that both Barcelona and Manchester United have made offers for Cuadrado, neither club are yet to submit an official offer.
“There has been an expression of interest, but to date, there has been no offer – from Barcelona or any other club. The Catalan club are represented by a series of people, and our conversations have been strictly professional.
“If there were to be, in the near future, an offer, then first it would have to be analysed by Fiorentina with the gratification of all the stakeholders.”
Fiorentina seem unwilling to sell one of their prized assets. However the club’s sporting director Daniele Prade did recently admit that a bid in the region of £40 million would be difficult to resist.
Barcelona or Manchester United
The fact that Barcelona have been in contact but are yet to make an offer suggests they are perhaps put off by the hefty price tag. Despite record revenue this year, their transfer budget has been decimated by the signing of Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Jeremy Mathieu.
Luis Enrique may be looking to raise additional funds through the sale of Dani Alves, Alex Song and Ibrahim Afellay. It is their hope that the Colombian hands in a transfer request to drive his price down.
With Barcelona clearly interested but stalling, it paves the way for Manchester United, if they are still interested, and if they have the funds of course. United have splashed out around £60 million this summer on new recruits, and also may look to raise funds through the sales of Javier Hernandez and Marouane Fellani.