Report: Juventus trying to steal march on Cuadrado

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Juventus are reportedly attempting to get ahead of Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona in the race for Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado.

It is being reported in Italy that Juventus are hoping to take advantage of the uncertainly surrounding Juan Cuadrado's ownership to steal him away from his overseas suitors.

Colombian winger Cuadrado has been one of the stars of the season in Serie A and could be the subject of a fierce bidding war in the summer.

Recent reports suggest that Barcelona are the closest side to signing him and the Catalan giants could be willing to part with £25m.

However, Bayern Munich are also said to be interested as well as Manchester United and Arsenal, although his valuation could be prohibitive.

But any transfer is dependent on Cuadrado's current ownership being resolved. Although he has spent this season with Fiorentina, the 25-year-old is 50 percent owned by Udinese.

The two clubs have met to discuss the possibility of Fiorentina buying out Udinese's share, but they aren't close to an agreement according to rumours in Italy.

And Sportmediaset believes that Juventus are plotting to take advantage of the uncertainty by entering talks with both Fiorentina and Juventus.

It is suggested that Juventus sporting director Beppe Marotta is hoping to reach pole position by offering half the rights to striking star Ciro Immobile to Fiorentina and half of Luca Marrone or Simone Zaza to Udinese.

It could be a shrewd move from the Bianconeri who may be able to take possession of a valuable asset while the foreign sides are still waiting to work out who they should negotiate with.

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