Manchester United and Chelsea were both given a slight reprieve yesterday in their respective hunts for Colombia star Juan Cuadrado, but it appears to have been short lived.
Less than 24 hours ago it was reported that the winger and his current club, Fiorentina, were at odds over the negotiations for a new contract, as they both differ in opinion when it comes to the release clause. It’s thought he wants his extension to hold a €35 million release clause so that he can be offered a way out if another European giant comes knocking, whereas his club are keen to see one of at least €10 million more embedded.
Contract discussions continue
However, whereas Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho would have been forgiven for believing that they might still stand a chance to landing Cuadrado in the January transfer window, Sky Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio has revealed that a settlement between the player and Fiorentina is still very close.
The well-respected journalist is adamant that talks have not stalled between the World Cup star and La Viola, and that the meeting to discuss the contract in depth has simply been postponed whilst the two parties attempt to come to some sort of accord. It’s believed that Cuadrado is vying to become the highest earner at the Serie A outfit, alongside Mario Gomez, and Fiorentina are willing to pay him this in order to reflect his outstanding recent form.
Yet that may not be enough to tie him down for the long-term, as numerous clubs who can offer the winger more both financially and with regards to trophy-winning ambitions, are hot on his heels.
The main admirers over the course of the summer were United, with Van Gaal desperate to inject pace and quality into his side in a bid to halt the slide which has been affecting the team since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. However Chelsea also expressed an interest, as did Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
The quartet represent four very lucrative options for Cuadrado should he decide that he wants to take his career to the next level, and any of them would likely be able to afford the release clause even it did stand at €45 million instead of €35 million.
For now it looks as though the wide man will pledge his future to Vincenzo Montella, though how long the agreement will put off the advances of suitors remains to be seen.