Manchester United and Chelsea have both been dealt a blow with regards to their pursuits of Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado, with the player appearing to confirm that he will be staying in the Serie A and penning a new contract.
Interest in the player, who is rated at around £40 million, has been high over the past few months, with his form at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil having only served to move in him higher in the estimations of suitors. Both United and Chelsea have been keeping tabs on his availability, as have the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
At various points over the course of the summer it looked as though the Colombia international was all set for a departure, with the clubs interested in his services able to offer substantially more - concerning both his monetary and on-pitch ambitions - than his current club. However the 26-year-old, who remained at Fiorentina past the transfer deadline, has revealed that he is more than happy to stick things out with the Viola.
“The summer market? I was calm about it. I feel good with my teammates,” he said.
What’s more, he then went on to confirm that he would be negotiating with Fiorentina in a bid to reach an agreement that would see him sign a new contract, thus ending any speculation over his future.
“The contract renewal? I don't like talking about this now. There is my agent for this.
“There will be a meeting with the club and I think we will find an agreement.”
Such positive words will be enough to have all fans in Florence clapping their hands in appreciation, but it doesn’t bode well for either of the Premier League giants keeping an eye on him. United’s desire is thought to stem from the fact that new boss Louis van Gaal sees Cuadrado as the perfect player to occupy the right wingback slot in his recently-introduced 3-5-2 formation, and so a failure to land him will force the Dutchman to seek alternative options.
Chelsea on the other hand look resurgent under Jose Mourinho this term and so the blow is unlikely to have a lasting effect. The introductions of both Francesc Fabregas and Diego Costa appear to have fixed the problems inherent in the squad during last season’s trophy-barren spell, and the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and Andre Schurrle somewhat negate the need for another wideman to be purchased.
Of course to Cuadrado such quandaries concerning the clubs in need of his signature will matter very little. The winger seems to be more than happy to remain in Italy’s top flight, where Fiorentina are doing their best to be a thorn in the sides of the likes of Juventus and AS Roma.
Though not possessing the same sort of financial clout as their more illustrious rivals Cuadrado and Co. have turned Vincenzo Montella’s side into a dangerous outfit, and if though they may be limited to the Europa League this term there are plenty of people assuming they will do enough to secure Champions League qualification come the end of this summer.