Juan Cuadrado is stalling over a new contract with Fiorentina because he is demanding a €35 million release clause, reports La Nazione.
The Colombian was widely tipped to leave Florence in the summer with both Manchester United and Barcelona interested. However, the Viola were demanding as much as €50 million and that was enough to put of Luis Enrique and Louis van Gaal.
Having kept hold of their prized asset, Fiorentina were keen to reward Cuadrado for his loyalty, offering him a pay rise as well as an extended contract. But negotiations have hit an impasse after Cuadrado demanded a €35 million release clause in the deal.
Such a clause would leave Manchester United in the clear to sign him. Van Gaal no longer faces competition from Barcelona because of their transfer embargo and they would have more than enough funds to meet the new clause.
Naturally, Fiorentina are not happy to the demand. They were happy to put a €45 million release clause in the deal, but are unwilling to go as low as the 25-year-old wants. In fact the report claims that the club will not consider putting in a clause lower than €40 million.
Cuadrado is believed to want to the clause purely because of Manchester United's interest in the summer. The hope is that the Premier League club will renew their interest in the near future and the lower release clause will give him the best chance of sealing a move to Old Trafford.
Cuadrado's reported demand comes in stark contrast to his recent statement, in which he states that a new deal is close to being agreed.
He was quoted as saying yesterday: “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.”
There is also the question as to whether Van Gaal would be willing to renew his interest after missing out on the player in the summer. Cuadrado was labelled as a potential attacking wing-back in Van Gaal's 3-5-2 formation, but there is some doubt over whether those tactics will last at Manchester United.
Manchester United got off to a slow start with the new formation after suffering defeat to Swansea City as well as drawing against Burnley. The formation was ditched against QPR, substituted for a standard back four and a diamond in midfield. They won 4-0.