Man United scouts in Italy to watch target impress

Fiorentina fans

Manchester United and Barcelona scouts were in the stands to watch Juan Cuadrado play for Fiorentina against Udinese and he didn't disappoint.

Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado is becoming one of Serie A's most in-demand players and his latest performance was watched keenly by Manchester United and Barcelona scouts.

The Colombian international has been magnificent this term and he was the star of the show as Fiorentina beat his co-owners Udinese 2-1.

Having seen an early shot charged down and a clever back-heel attempt saved, Cuadrado netted the first goal of the game when a smartly hit shot deflected in past talented young goalkeeper Simone Scuffet.

Then the gifted midfielder was felled by a somewhat soft challenge to secure the penalty which Gonzalo Rodriguez converted to make it 2-0.

Cuadrado was on fire and again tested Scuffet with a fierce drive as well as hitting the bar from a tight angle in stoppage time.

Udinese made Fiorentina sweat a little as they hit back with a consolation goal from Bruno Fernandes but Cuadrado was undoubtedly the star of the show.

As Florence newspaper La Nazione suggests, this outing will have done no harm to Cuadrado's chances of securing big-money summer transfer.

While Fiorentina will be reluctant to let him leave, coach Vincenzo Montella has admitted that the Viola can't afford to resist a bid if it is high enough.

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