Fiorentina boss demands Cuadrado stays

It is being reported in Italy that Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella has told the directors to keep Juan Cuadrado at the club or he may leave.

Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado is the subject of intense transfer speculation with some of Europe's top sides hovering as the summer approaches.

The Colombian international has been one of the success stories of the Serie A season with 11 goals to his name and a proven ability to turn games around.

Arsenal, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Barcelona have all been tipped to lodge a summer bid for Cuadrado.

Barcelona seem to have emerged as the current frontrunners as they are reportedly prepared to meet the market valuation of £25m, which may scare off the other suitors.

Cuadrado's situation is complicated by the fact that he is co-owned by Udinese and Fiorentina must buy out their Serie A rivals' 50 percent share in the player before they can dictate his future.

Talks between Fiorentina and Udinese haven't progressed as well as expected and it has been suggested that Cuadrado's ownership could be decided by a blind auction, which happens if no agreement is reached.

It is widely believed that if Fiorentina successfully buy all of Cuadrado they will sell him on to the highest bidder in the summer at a vast profit.

However, the Corriere Fiorentino believes that Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella is desperately trying to stop Cuadrado leaving, despite his statements in the press that it is something he can't prevent if a sizeable bid comes in.

Montella's future is the subject of debate in Italy as he has become one of Italy's hottest coaching properties and has been linked with AC Milan.

It is suggested that the Fiorentina boss doesn't want to see a similar case to Adem Ljajic - a talented playmaker who joined Roma after showing huge promise for the Viola.

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