Fiorentina are struggling to match the wage demands of prized asset Juan Cuadrado, who is wanted by a host of top European clubs including Manchester United and Chelsea, and his contract extension subsequently remains unsigned for the time being.
The Express understand that Cuadrado wants an improved deal worth £2.35 million-a-year from his current employers, who are only willing to offer the Colombia international £1.5 million-per-season with bonuses included.
Unless Fiorentina stump up the extra £750,000-a-year, Cuadrado is unlikely to commit his long-term future to the Serie A outfit, despite reaching an agreement with the club over a €35 million release clause.
United poised to make £32m bid
Manchester United, knowing this, are planning to make a fresh £32 million bid for the 26-year-old when the transfer window re-opens in January - and that figure could be enough to open talks with the live-wire winger.
Fiorentina owner Andrea Della Valle was expected to personally intervene with contract negotiations to help the club and player reach an agreement over the salary, but it appears that Cuadrado is not prepared to budge on his £2.35 million-a-year demands.
Cuadrado contracted to Fiorentina until 2017
The Colombian, who was one of the star performers at the World Cup finals in Brazil, knows that his star is currently at its highest - and that earning such a lucrative contract elsewhere on the continent is a real possibility.
But the ball remains in Fiorentina’s court for the time being. Cuadrado is contracted to the Stadio Artemio Franchi until 2017 and the Tuscany-based outfit are under no obligation to sell for a fee that fails to match their valuation of the player.
Cuadrado crucial for Fiorentina
Cuadrado is an integral member of Fiorentina’s squad and proved his class once more on Sunday by scoring a sensational goal in a 3-0 win over Inter Milan.
Last season he netted 15 goals in all competitions for La Viola, and his ability to score goals from wide areas makes him an extremely attractive potential signing in the eyes of the world’s top coaches.
Interest in Cuadrado from Barcelona
As well as Manchester United and Chelsea, Catalan giants Barcelona also have a keen interest in Cuadrado, who is regarded as a potential long-term replacement for attacking right-back Dani Alves - even though the Colombian has spent all of his career playing in a more advanced role.
However, Barcelona are banned from purchasing any new players until January 2016, which gives the likes of United and Chelsea a huge advantage in the race to land the Fiorentina star.
But it will take a hefty offer to convince the Italian club to part company with arguably their best player in January.