Juan Cuadrado is not being pursued by Manchester United, according to two British print journalists.
Colombian international Cuadrado has been the subject of increasingly frequent transfer speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks, yet according to newspaper reporters, it appears that neither he nor fellow South American Angel di Maria will be joining Louis van Gaal's revolution in the near future.
No Cuadrado/Di Maria interest
"As of this morning the understanding is that #mufc have no interest in Juan Cuadrado...," Jamie Jackson, The Guardian and Observer's Manchester football correspondent, tweeted earlier on Monday.
This particular assertion was corroborated by The Daily Mirror's David Anderson, who also looked to dispute claims that the Red Devils were in pursuit of Di Maria by informing his own followers: "Man United are not in for Juan Cuadrado or Angel Di Maria."
While such quotes come from reputable sources, they appear to go against the tide of speculation that has circulated regarding those two players of late, with Manchester United said to have agreed personal terms over £32 million-rated Cuadrado and also reported to have submitted a bid of a whopping £55 million for the services of Di Maria.
If indeed such claims are accurate, then Manchester United fans can perhaps be forgiven for expressing concerns that the club may be in danger of repeating some of the mistakes made during David Moyes' solitary summer in charge of the club in 2013.
While deals for Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera and budding Premier League left-back Luke Shaw were completed prior to Van Gaal's official arrival but with his approval, the Dutchman is yet to really make his mark in the transfer market and Manchester United still appear short of the quality necessary to elevate themselves back into permanent title contention.
While names such as Arturo Vidal and Daley Blind continue to be mentioned in conjunction with moves to the North West, the new top-flight season is now just days away and the clock is ticking for Van Gaal and much-maligned executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to complete the deals that will ensure Manchester United are not left embarrassingly cut adrift of the top four once more.
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Manchester United's apparent lack of interest in Cuadrado could act as a real incentive for Barcelona and Premier League title rivals Chelsea, both of whom have also been linked with the 26-year-old Fiorentina winger.
But while he appears to have plenty of options in the event that he does depart Serie A, Di Maria's future is a little more uncertain.
With Real Madrid evidently deeming him surplus to requirements under Carlo Ancelotti following the signings of James Rodriguez and World Cup winner Toni Kroos and Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi having recently confirmed that the Ligue 1 champions had halted discussions over a potential transfer due to his extravagant price tag, Manchester United appeared the only realistic destination left for the Argentine.
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