Arsenal interest in Juan Cuadrado "not a surprise"

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Arsenal have been linked with in-form Fiorentina wide man Juan Cuadrado in recent days and their interest in him is completely unsurprising, according to his former manager.

Arsene Wenger has reportedly been impressed with the Colombia international in the last year or so and has even been tipped to make a bit to bring him to Emirates Stadium in the January transfer window.

Cuadrado can operate as a winger or full-back, predominantly on the right, and interest in him could point towards concerns about Bacary Sagna's understudy Carl Jenkinson, whom has looked shaky when filling in this season.

While Sagna's future with the Gunners is in doubt as he is yet to agree an extension to his current contract, which expires at the end of the season.

Fiorentina's win over Chievo at the weekend saw Cuadrado's name hit the headlines, as he scored both his side's goals to top off a terrific display.

The 25-year-old's coach at his former club Lecce, Serse Cosmi, says there is no shock in the fact that teams such as Arsenal, and even Champions League winners Bayern Munich, have been linked with a move for him.

"The qualities of Juan were clear also in Lecce. His technique and quality was significantly higher than all of his teammates," he said in an interview with TMW.

"He had to play only a couple of seasons at high levels to increase our awareness of his ability.

"For me it is absolutely not a surprise (that there is interest in him)."

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