Barcelona are preparing to submit one last offer to Fiorentina in an attempt to seal the signature of Juan Cuadrado, reports The Daily Star.
The La Liga giants have already spent well over £100 million on the likes of Luis Suarez, Thomas Vermaelen and Jeremy Mathieu this summer but are hoping to continue their recruitment drive. Cuadrado is valued at £40 million by Fiorentina and Luis Enrique is keen to add him to the squad list.
Manchester United agreement
Barcelona have acted on instinct after it was reported that the Colombian star had agreed personal terms with Manchester United. Louis van Gaal admitted he was still searching for a winger ahead of the new Premier League season and Cuadrado fits the bill.
Cuadrado reportedly agreed a deal in principle with the Old Trafford outfit but is still waiting for the club to agree a fee with Fiorentina. That has given Barcelona hope of swooping in with a final offer to blow United out of the water.
The problem for Barcelona could lie in getting rid of Dani Alves, who continues to drain the club's resources despite not being part of Enrique's plans. Barcelona may have to find a buyer for the Brazilian before they can sign Cuadrado, which may be too late.
However, with Champions League football on show and the chance to link up with Lionel Messi, Barcelona will be the more attractive option for Cuadrado. Manchester United still have the funds to offer Cuadrado bigger wages, but if it comes down to purely footballing reasons Barcelona have the upper hand.
Late Chelsea interest
Both Barcelona and Manchester United should both be aware that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has thrown his hat into the ring in the last few days. Mourinho had claimed that his transfer business was completed earlier this summer before agreeing a deal with Didier Drogba.
It is not known how much Chelsea have to spend after signing Diego Costa, Felipe Luis and Cesc Fabregas but the potential departure of Petr Cech could help fund a move for Cuadrado. However, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and Mohamed Salah already available to Chelsea, a move for the Colombian may be one winger too many.
Whatever happens to Cuadrado it is looking more and more likely that he will leave Florence. It has already been confirmed that the 25-year-old has told the Serie A outfit that he is keen to leave.
Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle told Sport Mediaset: "I met with Juan today and he asked if he could leave this summer.
"I said to him, stay for one more year, we have a serious project here, but I'm not optimistic."
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