Just over an hour before kick off in the Colombia v Ivory Coast game at the World Cup in Brazil, one of the South American teams star players looks to have had his future at least partially sewn up.
Juan Guillermo Cuadrado has been one of the stars of Serie A this season and had a great start to the World Cup to follow it up. Such form has seen the right-sided star linked with several big clubs in Europe - including Barcelona and Premier League outfits Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool.
Valued at around £20 million any transfer has been difficult up until now due to confusion over who actually owns the player. Cuadrado, like many young talents playing in Italy, has a co-ownership deal meaning he is equally owned by two different teams.
Cuadrado's rights were part-owned by both Fiorentina and their Serie A rivals Udinese - but La Viola now own 100% of his rights.
Fiorentina President Andrea Della Valle has confirmed the news today, stating:
“The good news that you have been waiting for will arrive shortly. We have managed to get Cuadrado. Our goal was to be able to get 100 per cent of Juan, and we have succeeded.”
“ACF Fiorentina can announce that an agreement has been concluded with Udinese Calcio for the right to Juan Cuadrado, in favour of the Viola.”
While the player himself stated:
“I'm focused on the World Cup right now but I'm very happy and proud Fiorentina have bought me outright.”
While this may sound like the end of any potential Liverpool or United/Arsenal interest it is far from it. Fiorentina may now own 100% of their rights but that means if they sell him, they will get all the cash.
So while this could be seen as a negative, it could also work in reverse - so keep an eye on this situation, especially after the World Cup.