Barca's pursuit of Serie A ace may free up Liverpool and United target

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With the future of Chilean star Alexis Sanchez still very much up in the air, one rumoured move may suddenly make the winger available.

Luis Enrique's time as a manager in Serie A may have been short, but apparently it was long enough to convince him of the quality of one of its top wingers.

Now back at Barcelona, Enrique was last week rumoured to be very close to making Colombian speedster Juan Cuadrado his first signing. The Fiorentina wideman had a superb season in the Italian top flight, supplying 15 goals and 11 assists in 43 games for the Viola.

The former Roma boss feels that the Colombia international would be a better bet on his right wing than another ex Udinese star, Alexis Sanchez.

The Chilean had his best season at Barcelona since moving to Catalonia, finishing as the club's second top scorer with 21 strikes. But he has been linked with all manner of moves since Enrique took over, with Premier League trio Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, as well as Italian giants Juventus all taking particular interest in a player already proven in two of Europe's top divisions.

Cuadrado himself was being chased by the same clubs, but the Premier League outfits in particular may be rubbing their hands together at the thought of capturing a player of Sanchez's class instead as a result of Fiorentina selling the 26-year-old to La Liga.

Both players are at the World Cup in Brazil and it may be a case of waiting for Colombia's and Chile's exits before any business can be finalised. But The Star reported that United were chasing Sanchez last week with a £20 million offer, if Cuadrado's move to the Nou Camp comes off surprisingly soon rather than later expect a flurry of renewed bids for the Chilean to come in not long after. 

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