Barcelona submit bid for Juan Cuadrado

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Manchester United have been thwarted by Barcelona in their efforts to secure a quick deal for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado. The Red Devils had submitted a £28 million bid, but a late offer from Barcelona could see the Colombia star’s price rise to above the £30 million-mark.

The Express report that Barcelona have submitted their own lucrative offer for the 26-year-old, leaving United poised to enter a fierce bidding war with the La Liga giants.

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Cuadrado: Perfect for United and Barcelona

United boss Louis van Gaal is a keen admirer of Cuadrado, who could play the role of right wing-back in the Dutch coach’s planned 3-4-3 formation at Old Trafford.

While both Antonio Valencia and Rafael are capable of playing in the same position, Cuadrado - who scored 15 goals for Fiorentina last season - would be a significant upgrade.

But his impressive performances at the recent World Cup finals in Brazil did not go unnoticed by Barcelona, who are looking for a long-term replacement for Dani Alves.

Cuadrado possesses searing pace, excellent technique, a good shot and bundles of energy - but Van Gaal will need to fend off competition from his former employers to land the Serie A star’s services this summer.

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United to bid over £30m?

Whether United are prepared to raise their £28 million offer is currently unclear. However, it’s no secret that the Red Devils have significant funds - despite the signings of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw - and Fiorentina will be mindful of this.

Barcelona have less money to play with this summer after splashing out £75 million on Luis Suarez, and a further £15.8 million on Valencia defender Jeremy Mathieu.

But the big-money sales of Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez - to Chelsea and Arsenal, respectively - means the transfer kitty is not totally dry just yet.

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