Liverpool leading race to sign Manchester United target Cuadrado

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Manchester United and Arsenal could be set to lose out on Juan Cuadrado, with reports suggesting that rivals Liverpool are leading the race for his signature.

Both United and the Gunners have been linked with the player in recent weeks, yet The Daily Star - citing unnamed sources close to Cuadrado himself - claim that the 25-year-old is interested in a move to the Premier League but that it is Liverpool who are currently frontrunners.

The same source goes on to further suggest that the deal could be complicated by the fact that Cuadrado is currently co-owned by both Fiorentina and Udinese, but it appears that the Serie A rivals are each keen to cash in on the Colombian international.

With Liverpool - who currently lead the Premier League following Sunday's 3-2 victory over Manchester City at Anfield - looking to continue their staggeringly rapid development under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers this summer, such a big signing could be exactly what the club requires moving forward.

Although Cuadrado has no proper experience of the Champions League, the former Independiente Medellín star - who was brought to Europe by Udinese back in 2009 - has been one of the best midfielders in Serie A over the past few months, notching seven goals and three assists in 27 top-flight games for Fiorentina.

With Manchester United almost certainly not taking part in next season's Champions League following a dismal season at Old Trafford under David Moyes and Arsenal's place far from assured following the magnificent recent form of Roberto Martinez's Everton, it will be intriguing to see if indeed Liverpool's rise to the summit of the English top-flight has instantly transformed them into a bigger draw in the transfer market.

Indeed both Manchester United and Arsenal are expected to be very much in the market for several new signings this summer, but it looks like they will have to work hard if they are to outlast Liverpool in the race for Cuadrado.

With the player currently valued at approximately £20 million, a strong performance at this summer's World Cup could surely see such a price dramatically increase.

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