The Colombian has become a crucial part of Vincenzo Montella’s side in Tuscany over the past two terms, granting the boss the ability to switch between a 3-5-2 formation and 4-3-3 set-up seamlessly.
Cuadrado’s pace and trickery have added a necessary dimension to the ambitious Viola project, his qualities essential to the club’s enduring success going forward.
But even as the 25-year-old remains keen – by his own admission – to stay at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, Fiorentina have a co-ownership situation to sort out.
Half of the wide-man’s rights still belong to Udinese, who originally brought him to Serie A from Independiente Medellin.
Zebrette director of sport Cristiano Giaretta opined in November that Cuadrado held a current value of €30-40m – potentially presenting a stumbling block to his current employers’ ambitions of full ownership as Arsenal and Juventus have repeatedly been paired with a move for his services.
In January reports suggested that the Gunners had met with the Colombia international’s agent in an effort to pre-empt Montella’s side – though negotiations between Udinese and Fiorentina have been ongoing.
La Nazione have maintained that the Viola have offered €12m to buy out their counterparts’ share in the player, but the Friulani club require at least €15m to relinquish their rights.
According to the Florence-based publication the two sides will come to the table again for talks on Tuesday after the second leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final encounter at the Franchi.
Cuadrado’s countryman Luis Muriel, strongly linked with Fiorentina of late, will also reportedly be a topic of discussion between the Serie A stalwarts after the day’s contest.
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