Manchester United & Arsenal get hefty opposition in Cuadrado chase

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Manchester United and Arsenal may face a bit of trouble in their race to sign Juan Cuadrado after it emerged that he has also caught the eye of Barcelona.

According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, the Camp Nou club sent scouts to watch the Fiorentina star in action at the weekend, while also reporting that representatives from Old Trafford were watching alongside them. Arsenal have also been credited with an interest in him and Metro reported earlier this year that he was the number one target for this summer.

Both Manchester United and Barcelona would have been impressed with what they saw from the Colombia international, as he was the star of the show in Fiorentina's win over Udinese and scored the opening goal from distance. However, the Gunners will be worried if either of those two sides get seriously involved in negotiations as it will mean the numbers get bigger.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is famously frugal and could be put off if David Moyes decides he wants Cuadrado, as the Manchester United manager is reportedly going to be handed a significant transfer kitty to spend this summer. Moyes could be given as much as £200million to rebuild the squad, which could see the Emirates Stadium club price themselves out of the race, despite their now much improved spending power.

Meanwhile, Barcelona could turn out to be less of a rival if their appeal to FIFA for a recent transfer ban handed out to them fails. The Catalan club were fined and prohibited from signing any players for the next two transfer windows after world football's governing body adjudged them to have breach regulations related to the signing of players under 18.

Arsenal's interest in the 25-year-old could be down to the fact that Bacary Sagna's contract expires at the end of the season and he is yet to agree new terms. Cuadrado is nominally a right-back but his attacking prowess if far greater than his defensive work and Wenger could have an eye on using him as a winger.

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