Manchester United and Chelsea have been offered renewed hope in their alleged pursuit of Juan Cuadrado after former Fiorentina star Daniele Amerini tipped the winger to move in the final days of the transfer window.
In an interview with Italian publication Firezneviola.It, the retired midfielder also claimed that the Colombia international would probably leave Stadio Artemio Franchi for less than the £40 million valuation slapped on his head by the Serie 'A' club, in an attempt to ward off interest from potential suitors.
The 26-year-old has been one of the most talked about players of the summer after a scintillating 2013/14 campaign in Florence which was followed by an equally impressive showing at the World Cup in Brazil.
New Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has been credited with an interest in bringing Cuadrado to Old Trafford, with the Metro reporting that the Dutch coach has been joined by Jose Mourinho in the chase for his signature.
The Chelsea manager is also keen to add the South American to his ranks at Stamford Bridge, despite previously suggesting that the Blues' transfer business was over after the captures of Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Didier Drogba.
Barcelona were previously mooted as admirers of the in-demand winger until it was reported last week that they had pulled out of the race due to Fiorentina's inflated valuation.
However, according to 40-year-old Amerini - who played for La Viola between 1991 and 1995 before retiring in 2009 - Cuadrado could leave for a significantly lower fee after nobody met the player's initial asking price.
Daniele Amerini quotes:
"Cuadrado I think that he will be sold in the last days of the market," he explained. "I think Fiorentina eventually will have to accept a lower figure than that which they wanted to receive.
"The fact that Fiorentina no longer considers that the ultimatum of 20 August, is indicative that it wishes to transfer."
Earlier reports in Italy suggested that today (Wednesday) would be the final day for Cuadrado to be sold, but that is now believed to be wide of the mark.
The season-long loan capture of Marko Marin from Chelsea is also thought to be further evidence that Vincenzo Montella is planning for life without the Colombian, particularly after he was left out of Fiorentina's travelling squad for their pre-season friendly against Real Madrid in Poland last week.
Manchester United is viewed as Cuadrado's most likely destination with Van Gaal keen to sign the versatile star because he is capable of playing in numerous positions in his favoured 3-5-2 formation.
But, you'd have to think that Chelsea are well placed to secure the player's services as well, especially after allowing Marin to move to Florence for the 2014/15 campaign.