Juan Cuadrado is on the verge of signing a new deal with Fiorentina which will see his buyout clause upped to around £35million, according to reports.
In a deal which will finally end the speculation regarding his future it’s said that the Colombia star is ready to put pen to paper on a new contract in Florence, because the club to meet the wage demands that had previously prevented the deal being viable, according to talkSPORT, citing Italian sources.
Numerous reports over the last few weeks have documented how Cuadrado is holding out for a contract which will see him paid the same as the highest earner at the club, Mario Gomez.
Despite initially holding out on consenting to such an offer however, it’s said Fiorentina may be ready to cough up the aforementioned figure, leaving their star performer one step closer to pledging his future to Serie A.
Such news will not be welcomed by the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, who were said to be in the running to compete for his signature at the end of this season. The 26-year-old was impressive at the World Cup this summer to top off a good campaign at club level, and his fine form seems to have continued through to this year.
At one point it was claimed that Barcelona had also been lurking with intent, though the Catalan club can’t pursue any endeavours in the transfer market until 2016 courtesy of their ban for breaching Financial Fair Play rules, effectively ruling them out of the hunt.
United and Chelsea blow
Now though the news that the signing of a new deal is imminent is likely to scupper any advantage Chelsea or United may have had, with Cuadrado’s buyout clause set to be raised to £35 million.
It's believed that Louis van Gaal’s intrigue in a potential purchase was borne out of concerns over the long-term suitability of either Rafael da Silva or Antonio Valencia to occupy the slot on the right-hand side of his 3-5-2 formation, but the Dutchman may have to look to alternative options.
As for Jose Mourinho, he won’t be as concerned given the surplus of star players to be found in his squad. The Special One may have been impressed by Cuadrado’s recent showings, but that doesn’t mean his future plans came close to hinging on his acquisition.