The Italian papers speak with one voice on Wednesday: Fiorentina and Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado is wanted by some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Cuadrado was recently fully acquired by the Viola after the 26-year-old joined the Florence-based club in 2012, after initially moving on a loan-deal from Udinese, who owned a portion of the player.
Fiorentina appeared to make a wise choice tying up all the ownership rights before the summer, as Cuadrado has been one of the stars of the World Cup with his industry and creative work down the right wing for Los Cafeteros.
Formerly thought to be worth around £20m, Cuadrado’s excellent performances in Brazil now have Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that Manchester United have made an official bid of €40 million for the player.
Aside from United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are said to have an interest in the midfielder, who is under contract with the Viola until 2017.
As explained by the excellent Sport Witness though, “Fiorentina want more than the €40m, they want an ‘indecent offer’ and it’s reckoned that’s around €50m.”
Over in Corriere dello Sport, it’s virtually accepted that Fiorentina will lose their South American this summer, where it’s predicted that the offers for Cuadrado will be so tempting ” in all likelihood they not be able to resist.”
CdS are so sure the player will be off, they list Giovani Dos Santos, Javier Aquino, Mathieu Valbuena and Bryan Ruiz as all possible replacements if the inevitable happens.