Manchester United are hoping to complete the £25 million signing of Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado by the end of today. The Red Devils appear to have won the race with Barcelona for the Colombia international, who is now expected to become United’s third major signing of the summer.
This is according to the Daily Mail, who report that the deal could be finalised today if United boss Louis van Gaal gets his way.
Cuadrado’s agent arrived in Manchester on Saturday
Cuadrado’s agent reportedly landed in Manchester on Saturday to conclude negotiations - and there appears to be a real chance that an official announcement could be made within hours.
Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle revealed on Friday that, despite pleading with the lively winger to stay with the Serie A club, he was pessimistic that Cuadrado would still be in Italy come the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
"I asked Cuadrado to stay, but I'm not optimistic,” he told reporters. "If some important offers arrive, we'll have to let him go.
"We set the deadline to decide about it on August 15th, if the offers that we have in mind will arrive, it will be impossible to keep him."
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Is Cuadrado the right man for Man United?
Van Gaal’s intense pursuit of Cuadrado, who scored 15 goals for Fiorentina last season, should come as little surprise.
While the Dutchman has Antonio Valencia and Rafael at his disposal, Cuadrado is arguably better suited to the right wing-back position thanks to his incredible work ethic.
The Colombian star, who shone at the recent World Cup finals in Brazil, is fantastic in the attacking third but equally effective when helping out in a defensive capacity.