Agent confirms two bids were rejected for Juan Cuadrado

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Fiorentina received offers from two top European clubs for Juan Cuadrado in the summer his agent has confirmed.

Although refusing to name the clubs involved, the Colombia international was heavily linked with both Manchester United and Barcelona during the transfer window. However, a move never materialised.

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Manchester United were accredited with making a number of bids, with one report suggesting as much as £36 million had been placed on the table by Louis van Gaal. Eventually, the Old Trafford boss opted to sign Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid.

Cuadrado's agent Alessandro Lucci says neither of the two unnamed clubs managed to meet Fiorentina's asking price.

"Last summer I had offers from two top European clubs for Cuadrado, but they were not sufficient to deal with Fiorentina," Lucci told

"They didn't want to sell Cuadrado less than an indecent offer."

Release clause

Having fended off interest from the European juggernauts, Fiorentina were quick to open talks over a new contract for the 26-year-old. Having performed well both last season and at the World Cup in Brazil, Cuadrado was due for a big pay rise.

Negotiations have been ongoing for a while and reports started to surface that the two parties had hit a snag over Cuadrado's release clause. The player wanted a release clause of £27 million in case Manchester United decided to renew their interest. Naturally, the Viola were not keen to have it set so low.

Despite the rumoured disagreement, Lucci remains convinced that Cuadrado will eventually sign the new contract.

Contract talks

"I am convinced that we will find an agreement (for the contract's extension) which satisfies all the parties, because this is the will of those involved," Lucci added.

"Our considerations about the economic aspects are always the same from the first day.

"There are no problems between me and the player, there is complete harmony among us."

Barcelona interest

If Manchester United decide to go back in for Cuadrado, they will do so without having to face competition from Barcelona. Luis Enrique is unable to register new players for the next two windows after receiving a ban from Fifa earlier this year.

They are attempting to have the ban overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but, as it stands, Van Gaal could move for the player unchallenged.

Chelsea were also linked with a late move for the player, but after struggling to fit both Willian and Andre Schurrle into the squad, it is unlikely Jose Mourinho will waste precious funds to strengthen a well covered area.

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