Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has dropped his biggest hint yet that he is ready to bid for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado.
The Fiorentina player enjoyed an impressive season last campaign with the Italians, hitting 11 goals in 32 games, along with five assisits. He also starred in Colombia’s World Cup side which saw them finish in the quarter finals.
Van Gaal said:
‘‘I cannot talk about Cuadrado, because if I say something about him the price will rise.’’
This indicates that the Dutchman could be set to bid for the 26 year-old, who joined Fiorentina in 2012 from Serie A rivals Udinese.
Cuadrado woul fit into Van Gaal’s style of play, which is a 3-4-1-2 formation. With the ability to play as a right wing back, Cuadrado would be seen as the perfect wide player to compliment United’s other signing Luke Shaw in this system, should it be applied at Old Trafford.
However, Fiorentina are not keen on selling one of their star players, and insist it would only take a huge bid to make them consider.
Fiorentina’s sporting director Daniele Prade told Corriere dello Sport: ‘We’ll see the best situation, if there was an offer of €50m he would be hard to give up, but at the moment there has been no official request.’
Written by Matthew Derrig