Manchester United & Barcelona fight over Juan Cuadrado

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News of Juan Cuadrado's future has made front page news in Spain, with newspaper El Mundo Deportivo claiming that both Manchester United and Barcelona are about to ramp up their interest in the Colombian winger by lodging big-money bids shortly.

The Fiorentina star dazzled at the World Cup, laying on more assists for his team-mates than any other player at the tournament - and that form appears to have attracted the interest of some of Europe's biggest clubs.

Conflicting reports

There has been plenty of conflicting reports regarding the 26-year-old in recent weeks, however El Mundo Deportivo have splashed their story regarding his future across their front page, which seems to suggest their could be some movement in this transfer saga shortly.

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They claim that Manchester United will soon lodge a €38 million offer shortly - however Barcelona are well in the hunt and could make their own move soon. New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is said to be keen on the winger, and has asked the powers that be at Old Trafford to make the deal happen.


New boss Luis Enrique is also said to be a fan of the Colombian and wants him to be part of his Barcelona team which is currently undergoing something of an overhaul.

So far this summer, both Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez has been sold, while Carles Puyol has retired and Victor Valdes has walked after his contract expired. Xavi's future remains undecided, although he may well stay on for another season having been linked with a move to MLS.

Manchester United changes

While Barcelona undergo their own overhaul, Manchester United are going through a similar process. So far Ander Herrera and Luke shaw have been purchased for around £60 million, while a host of names including Cuadrado have been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

If either Manchester United or Barcelona want to sign Cuadrado then they will certainly have to cough up the cash - Fiorentina purchased the remainder of his economic rights from Udinese during the World Cup and are believed to have paid around €20 million all in to secure his services.

Given his performances at the World Cup, the Serie A outfit may demand even more than the €38 million being touted by El Mundo Deportivo.

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