Juan Cuadrado is no longer a target for Bayern Munich

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Juan Cuadrado is no longer a transfer target for Bayern Munich, a fact that appears to have handed Manchester United huge encouragement in their own pursuit of the Fiorentina winger.

Speculation that surfaced earlier this week suggested that the Red Devils had lodged an official bid worth approximately £27.7 million for Cuadrado, a player previously believed to be of interest to both Bayern and La Liga giants Barcelona.

And Manchester United's path to any potential deal now appears a lot clearer, with reports from the Spanish press cited by talkSPORT claiming that the former have now pulled out of the race for the Colombian international, with the club seemingly viewing his £30 million asking price as too steep.

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Cuadrado to Old Trafford?

The news that such a reputable rival is no longer keen on signing Cuadrado is likely to come as an immense boost to Louis van Gaal.

Although the experienced Dutchman - who was officially unveiled in his new role at Old Trafford last week before embarking with his squad on Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States - has previously stated that it could be up to a month before he delves back into the transfer market, the rumours concerning an official bid for Cuadrado would suggest otherwise.

A versatile and dependable player capable of occupying a more defensive role, Cuadrado has impressed in Serie A with La Viola, the club he joined from Italian rivals Udinese back in 2012.

Such form continued into this summer's World Cup, where the 26-year-old - along with the likes of James Rodriguez and David Ospina -  helped inspire Colombia to a place in the quarter-finals, where they were just edged out in agonising and tense fashion by hosts Brazil.

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Barcelona motives

Providing there is no sudden change of heart from Bayern or a late surge from a new suitor, it seems that Barcelona may now provide the main competition for Manchester United with regards to Cuadrado.

Indeed, it has been suggested that Blaugrana - who are also under new management this summer after Luis Enrique was drafted in from Celta Vigo to replace the increasingly unpopular figure of Gerardo Martino - were set to match Van Gaal's bid for the player.

What is not clear, however, is if Fiorentina will be willing to compromise below that aforementioned asking price for a key asset whose loss will undoubtedly have a severe impact upon their chances of propelling themselves into the Serie A title race.

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