Manchester United are preparing a fresh bid for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado when the transfer window re-opens in January.
This is according to the Express, who claim that United boss Louis van Gaal remains keen to bring the 26-year-old to Old Trafford and is ready to give the green light to a huge £30 million bid.
Fiorentina open to negotiations?
The Red Devils, along with Chelsea and Barcelona, were strongly linked with Cuadrado over the summer but a transfer failed to materialise with Fiorentina not prepared to sell for anything less than €50 million (£38 million).
However, the Italian club might be more open to negotiations after Cuadrado rejected their latest contract offer.
Talks come to a standstill
Talks over a new deal have come to a standstill because of the Colombia international’s wage demands. He currently earns €1.2 million per season and has been offered a €2 million-a-year deal, plus performance-related bonuses, but that has not proved enough to convince the live-wire winger to put pen-to-paper on a contract extension.
Cuadrado is contracted to La Viola until 2017, but the Serie A outfit know they cannot match the huge wages of the club’s interested in the South American star.
Do United need Cuadrado
Manchester United could structure a deal that would prove tempting for both Fiorentina and Cuadrado, but is there still a place for the winger at Old Trafford?
Van Gaal has abandoned his 3-4-1-2 formation in favour of a 4-4-2 diamond, meaning United are currently relying on width from their two full-backs, rather than conventional wingers.
It seemed that the veteran Dutch coach originally wanted to bring Cuadrado to Old Trafford in order to play him as a right wing-back in place of the hot-headed Rafael.
But whether Cuadrado could play as a defensively-minded right-back is unclear. He certainly showed at the World Cup finals in Brazil that he possesses a superb work ethic, although he has spent all of his career playing in a more advanced role.
Van Gaal could switch to 4-3-3
One possibility is that, should Cuadrado arrive at Old Trafford, Van Gaal switches to his favoured 4-3-3 formation.
Premier League leaders Chelsea do not appear to have any great need for Cuadrado, with the likes of Willian, Andre Schurrle and even Ramires all capable of playing on the right flank.
While Barcelona are banned from signing any new players until January 2016. Brazilian right-back Dani Alves will leave the Camp Nou at the end of the season, leaving manager Luis Enrique with Adriano and the unconvincing Douglas as his two right full-back options.