Manchester United may have seen the door opened to sign Juan Cuadrado by the most unlikely of sources; Liverpool.
According to the Daily Express the Reds have been rejected by Barcelona star Dani Alves after registering their interest in the player, meaning that the Catalan giants will be forced to drop their interest in Cuadrado. The knock on effect of that, at least as predicted by the British publication, is that United will be free to sign the Colombian star, as he is keen to leave Fiorentina this summer.
In the past few weeks it has been made clear that Barca boss Luis Enrique would only be moving for Cuadrado - who is rated at around £35 million - if he could shift Alves before the end of the transfer window. With Martin Montoya also in the picture the Spaniard has two right-backs already to choose from, and the wage bill at the Nou Camp simply can’t support another high-profile star.
With Alves now firmly in the twilight of his career it’s believed to be him that Barca want to let go, though finding him a new club appears to have been posing quite a problem. Liverpool, who of course sold Luis Suarez to Barca earlier on this summer, are the latest suitors to have been rebuffed.
Cuadrado to United
As such it means that Cuadrado probably won’t be moving to the La Liga giants anytime soon, which boosts United’s transfer ambitions no end. The Red Devils and their European counterparts were the two frontrunners in the race for his signature, and it now looks as though Louis van Gaal could take advantage given Barca’s drop out.
The Dutchman will be keen to strengthen following the loss to Swansea at Old Trafford yesterday, and his long-running interest in Cuadrado won’t be fizzling out anytime soon.