Barcelona offer swap for Arsenal target - report

Arsenal could be set to miss out on the signing of target Juan Cuadrado after Barcelona were linked with a swap deal for the Fiorentina man.

The Colombian international, 25, has been suggested as an Arsenal target for some time now, and those rumours intensified when Fiorentina moved to buy Cuadrado from Udinese, having been with Vincenzo Montella's side on a co-ownership deal this season.

Cuadrado is expected to star for Colombia at the World Cup after a superb season in Serie A, and his blistering pace will trouble defences – regardless of what position he is likely to play. Whilst he predominantly features on the right wing, some teams see Cuadrado as a right back – which is where a shock swap deal with Barcelona could come into play.

Mundo Deportivo today reported that Barcelona wanted to bring Cuadrado to the Camp Nou, and would send Brazilian international Dani Alves to Florence in exchange, with the former Sevilla star's contract set to expire in 2015. A mutual interest in the deal is reported in Spain, which could disappoint the Gunners.

Arsenal are also in need of a right back, with Bacary Sagna seemingly leaving the club upon the expiration of his contract at the end of the season, and speedster Cuadrado would offer another attacking outlet for the Gunners, pairing up with Theo Walcott down the right hand side – making a fearsome, explosive combination. His ability on the left wing however makes him an even more attractive proposition for the Gunners in that position, where he has 4 goals in 6 starts this season.

But with leverage by offering Alves up, Barcelona appear to have jumped to the front of the queue for Cuadrado, though former manager Pep Guardiola is also reportedly interested in bringing him to Germany with his Bayern Munich side. The Gunners, if they had eyed up Cuadrado as Sagna's replacement, may need to look at other targets, with Sagna still yet to sign a new contract, and interest from Inter Milan and Galatasaray growing.

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