Juan Cuadrado appears to be set to stay at Fiorentina, according to Viola boss Vicenzo Montella.
Colombian international Cuadrado has been at the heart of one of this summer's most intriguing transfer sagas, with both La Liga giants Barcelona and English heavyweights Manchester United believed to be competing for his signature following a string of impressive individual performances at the 2014 World Cup.
Fiorentina's relatively lowly stature in comparison to two such reputable suitors led many to believe that it was only a matter of time before Cuadrado bid a fond farewell to Serie A and made the move to either the Camp Nou or Old Trafford.
However, speculation concerning the 26-year-old winger has noticeably died down of late, with Montella seemingly sure that one of his most-prized assets will remain at the club for the foreseeable future.
"I have never thought of losing Juan," the former Italy striker told Florence-based newspaper La Nazione in an interview that was brought to our attention by the Manchester Evening News.
"He's been here in the past, he is here now and he will be here in the future. I don't think about how his (Cuadrado's) story might finish. A player like him can play in every position in midfield."
Cuadrado - who scored 11 goals in 32 domestic appearances last season - has been at Fiorentina since 2012, although the club only completed the full purchase of his rights from rivals Udinese back in June.
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Perfect fit for United
When Manchester United's apparent interest in £36 million-rated Cuadrado first surfaced, it seemed as if the former Lecce loanee would be a perfect fit for Louis van Gaal in the Premier League.
With the experienced Dutchman attempting to implement a new system that requires the use of two fit wing-backs, Cuadrado - who has played that role on several occasions for his country - would have been the perfect addition.
Quite whether Manchester Unied have ceased in their well-documented pursuit of Cuadrado is not entirely clear, with so many big players still being linked with the club despite there now being less than a fortnight to go until the window slams shut once again.
Barcelona are believed to have officially pulled out of the race for his signature, meanwhile, with Blaugrana supposedly concerned about meeting Cuadrado's seemingly high wage demands in light of recent Financial Fair Play rulings.
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