Ex-Serie A man claims Arsenal linked star could cost as much as Mesut Ozil

Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado should only be sold for €50 million, claims former Rangers and Blackburn defender Lorenzo Amoruso.

Fiorentina got an early part of their summer transfer business out of the way last week when they tied up an agreement regarding Juan Cuadrado to ensure they were 100 per cent owners.

Cuadrado had been co-owned with Udinese, but the deal has not quietened speculation regarding his future.

The Colombian's impressive displays at the World Cup have seen Arsenal and Barcelona continue to be linked with the winger, with questions as to Fiorentina's motives to secure Cuadrado potentially being seen as a financial investment.

The Serie A side have publicly resisted overtures towards the 26-year-old, and one former defender believes they should only sign him for an exceptional price.

Lorenzo Amoruso, who played for Fiorentina between 1995 and 1997 ahead of spells with Rangers and Blackburn Rovers, told Tuttomercato:

"I think over the summer could get an indecent offer that could convince the president to let him go.

"In the event that came to 50 million euro bid, his departure would not be so tragic."

That would mean Arsenal stumping up the equivalent record transfer fee they paid for German international Mesut Ozil, to sign the South American.

Fans were surprised to see the Gunners pull off such a deal last year, but to see them do it again would be even more unexpected, at least if it were on Cuadrado.

Nobody connected with Arsenal would be shocked if the club spent that sort of money on a striker, but Cuadrado is a winger and while they need a player capable of performing on the left, as he can, cheaper quality options are available - Antoine Griezmann a standout case in point.

Amoruso's comments illustrate just how highly Cuadrado is regarded in Italy following an impressive season, in which he struck 13 goals and provided eight assists.

While he would instantly improve Arsenal's team, it's probable they will not move for him next season unless Fiorentina and those connected with the club drop their financial expectations.

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