The mainstream media may be clamouring to tell Manchester United supporters that Juan Cuadrado is on his way to Old Trafford, but as far as Spanish sources are concerned there remains a strong possibility that he could end up at Barcelona.
The Colombian, who sparkled at this summer’s World Cup, has found himself hotly linked with a move away from Fiorentina in the coming weeks, and it’s said that he has already agreed a deal with the Red Devils.
However Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo believes that his future will be determined by whether or not Dani Alves leaves the Nou Camp this summer, as Catalan boss Luis Enrique is resisting making a move that would give him three right-back options for the forthcoming season.
Martin Montoya and the aforementioned Alves are currently at his disposal but, unless the Spaniard can offload the latter, the wage bill won’t allow for a high-profile star such as Cuadrado to be added to the books.
It’s speculated that the winger would prefer a move to Barcelona should he be openly offered a choice between them and United but, unless the scenario changes for Enrique, it looks as though Louis van Gaal might be able to land him unopposed.
Of course it remains to be seen if Fiorentina will allow him to leave, as they'll be hoping to keep him at all costs. Though the player himself is said to have told the Serie A outfit that he wants out, unless their asking price is matches then they're under no obligation to sell.
In other news for United it’s said that a deal regarding Dutch full-back Daley Blind is edging ever closer to completion. It was reported yesterday that the on-going talks between the 24-year-old and his Premier League suitors continue to rumble on, though a relative breakthrough has been made leaving Van Gaal confident of completing the transfer soon.
It's believed £20 million be enough to force Ajax's hand into a sale, whereas personal terms won't be difficult given the relationship between Blind the United boss.
Elsewhere Marco Rojo has apparently handed in a transfer request to Sporting Lisbon, and wants to make a United switch instead of joining Brendan Rodgers at Anfield. Reports from the continent suggest the Argentina international is refusing to train so that he can force a move to Old Trafford, and that Sporting are aiming to hand him a punishment as a result.
Not a bad day to be a Red Devils fan by all accounts.