New Barcelona boss may make Cuadrado first signing

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is ready to welcome Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado as his first signing, according to Spanish reports.

Barcelona appear to be favourites to sign Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado with the latest reports from the Spanish press suggesting that a deal could be done soon.

Cuadrado was one of the revelations of the Serie A season turning in a series of magnificent performances and scoring an impressive 11 goals.

The Colombian international has turned heads in Italy and also abroad with Arsenal, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Zenit Saint Petersburg reportedly considering a summer swoop.

But Barcelona have emerged as the most likely side to sign Cuadrado over the last few weeks with a fee of £25m mooted.

According to El Mundo Deportivo, new Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has given his approval to the deal, which had already been set in motion prior to his appointment.

It had been suggested that the arrival of a new coach might derail any existing attempt by Barcelona to lure Cuadrado, but it seems that the new man is also an admirer of his.

Fiorentina only own 50 percent of Cuadrado with Udinese sharing his rights, but it is believed that the two sides have agreed to sell their asset and split the profits.

If Manchester United or Arsenal are serious about wanting to sign Cuadrado they will have to act quickly and commit significant financial resources, which may seem an unnecessary risk given that the winger has only had one exceptional season in Serie A. 

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