Juan Cuadrado is fed up with life at Fiorentina and desperately wants to force through a big-money move in January, a sentiment which should be music to Manchester United's ears.
The Daily Star believe that Cuadrado is now more determined than ever to leave Florence after a frustrating first half of the season, despite signing a new contract in October that on paper ties him to La Viola until 2019.
Fiorentina forced that deal through to protect their best interests and place a whopping £35 million release clause on Cuadrado's head, but that hasn't stopped Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal targeting one of the most dynamic wingers in world football.
Relationship with Montella is strained
The primary reason Cuadrado sees his future away from Florence is something of a falling out with La Viola coach Vincenzo Montella. Both player and manager are under intense pressure after a lacklustre start to the season to say the least, with Fiorentina sat just eighth in Serie A and way off mounting any kind of challenge for the Scudetto.
Montella is under pressure and his relationship with Cuadrado looks more strained than ever, a situation that provides Van Gaal with a huge opportunity to come in and swoop for another player that lit up the World Cup thanks to a string of exhilarating displays.
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Can United get wiggle room on the asking price?
United will hope to persuade Fiorentina that they have to reluctantly sell Cuadrado in January to get anything like his true market value, particularly as the other club chasing his signature in Barcelona are now banned from signing players until 2016.
Red Devils transfer chiefs are willing to spend big on top transfer targets if they become available in January rather than seek short-term fixes, with Cuadrado very much a player in that bracket.
The 26-year-old would perfectly as a wing-back in Van Gaal's 3-5-2 or as a more advanced winger, plus he genuinely wants to join the likes of Angel di Maria and Colombian team-mate Radamel Falcao at the Theatre of Dreams.
Pressure on to move quickly
Now it's up to United's transfer brokers to find out Fiorentina will enter negotiations, or dig in and demand that any club that wants to sign their prized asset pay the release clause and not a penny less.
With little chance of securing Champions League qualification you suspect Fiorentina would probably settle on the former, but United must strike while the iron is hot to prevent the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich turning this particular transfer chase into a bidding war.
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