Manchester United may have missed their chance to land World Cup star Juan Cuadrado, as it’s believed that the player is very close to penning a new deal with current club Fiorentina.
The Red Devils have been hotly linked with a move for the Colombian over the course of the summer, with Louis van Gaal said to have viewed the wideman as an ideal addition to his squad. Chelsea have also been earmarked as potential suitors in the past, though their interest will matter very little if Fiorentina are successful in convincing the player to extend his current deal.
According to French newspaper Le 10 Sport, citing reports from Italian source Corrieri Fiorentino, Cuadrado is on the verge of putting pen to paper on a contract which will see him retained by his Serie A outfit until 2019. A bonus of €2.5 million is said to be on the table, added to negate the interest from the likes of Bayern Munich and of course United and Chelsea, which could be enough to sway the Colombian’s decision.
Having enjoyed a fantastic last year both domestically and on the international front, Cuadrado’s stock is at an all time high. With the aforementioned European superpowers all vying for his signature he will be acutely aware of the anticipation waiting on his next move, but in truth it remains to be seen whether or not ambition will win the day over his loyalty to his current club.
The big decision
Though far from being a struggling outfit Cuadrado’s Fiorentina are somewhat limited with regards to what they can be expected to achieve. Juventus’ recent era of overwhelming dominance has meant that the chances of a Serie A medal coming the 26-year-old’s way are slim, and on the European front the Viola seem to be confined to the Europa Ligue for the time being.
Then there’s also the factor of salary to take into account, which has famously forced plenty of other high-profile footballers to negate the values of loyalty in the past. Cuadrado will know that he can earn significantly more than what Fiorentina will be prepared to offer him if he jumps ship to the Premier League, particularly in the wake of the colossal contract recently handed to Radamel Falcao by United.
Though Van Gaal isn’t short of attacking full-backs Cuadrado does offer him more in terms of experience and skill than the likes of Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Rafael and Antonio Valencia, which would be enough to give him first-team football were he to move to the Red Devils.
Chelsea meanwhile could be an option, though the surplus of wingers at Stamford Bridge means that anyone could be axed from the starting XI without too much complaint.