£16m Colombian 'pleased' to learn of Arsenal interest

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Arsenal have been linked with Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado.

Arsenal's hunt for January transfer additions to their squad is hinted to have led them to Fiorentina.

The Viola won 2-1 on Sunday away to Chievo, thanks to two goals from winger Juan Cuadrado.

The matchwinner had more good news after the game, for he was told by Sky Italia that Premier League club Arsenal had sent scouts to check him out in action.

He responded: "I did not know, I learned from you now. It's something that pleases me, but I'm happy here at Fiorentina and later we'll see."

He went onto discuss how happy he was at his two goals - which were his first of the season in Serie A, showing the Gunners picked a great afternoon to scout him.

Cuadrado is a right-winger who signed for Fiorentina this summer for just a cut-price £4.4 million after spending the previous year there on loan. He is still co-owned by Udinese explaining the low amount of money which changed hands for his services.

Portal transfermarkt.co.uk values him now at £16 million. Arsenal may well fancy their chances of signing him for less.

So far this season the winger has two assists to add to his goals, while he has also scored one in the Europa League.

Cuadrado is a Colombian international with 20 caps and three goals and expected to be in their World Cup squad. A work permit would likely be a formality, while the Gunners may want to move before next summer's tournament in case his value increases further.

There would likely be competition too. Just on Friday, Cuadrado was linked with the trio of Bayern Munich, Juventus and Monaco, and said in response he wanted to complete the season at Fiorentina and consider his future next summer. 

How far Arsenal push it may depend on whether they need a right-winger at all. Serge Gnabry's emergence has shown the club do not suffer when Theo Walcott is unavailable, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain when fit again will add depth at the position.

Nevertheless Cuadrado remains a very exciting player and the fact Arsenal are looking at him and players of his calibre can surely only be positive news.

Check him out in action below: 

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