Could Barcelona launch bumper Cuadrado bid?

Fiorentina fans

Speculation regarding the future of Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado continues to grow with reports that Barcelona may table a massive bid.

Every day it seems there is a new rumour about the future of Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado and Barcelona are the latest frontrunners for his signature, according to the latest reports.

The Colombian international is currently the subject of intense negotiations between Fiorentina and Udinese, who also own 50 percent of his rights.

Fiorentina had been expected to buy Udinese out for around £8m, possibly in order to sell Cuadrado on for a sizeable profit, but Udinese chief Giampaolo Pozzo appears to be reluctant to relinquish his grip on the rising star.

Over the last few months a staggering list of clubs have been tipped to sign Cuadrado, including Arsenal, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Juventus and Real Madrid.

But Sport claims that Barcelona are also determined to make Cuadrado theirs and could be willing to break the bank to get him.

The Catalan newspaper reports that Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta began informal talks with his Fiorentina counterparts earlier in the week.

It is suggested that Cuadrado's price tag is around £25m and that Barcelona could be the first club to show themselves to be willing to meet that valuation.

There have already been unsubstantiated reports that Zenit have prepared a bid of a similar size, so Arsenal and Man United may need to think carefully about how highly they rate Cuadrado.

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