Are Roma edging ahead of Manchester United in race for Juan Cuadrado?

19 Old Trafford

Roma and Manchester United both are reportedly interested in Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado, but the former may have an edge over the Red Devils.

It has been less than a month since Fiorentina bought the entire rights to Juan Cuadrado from Udinese, but there are already reports of the winger leaving this summer.

Liverpool and Bayern Munich both have been linked with a move for the 26-year-old winger, but it is Manchester United and Roma who are reported to be his main suitors.

The Italian outfit released a statement just around two weeks ago, claiming that they have not sold the Colombia international to Roma and warned against ‘spreading false and misleading information’ - but to no avail.

According to Il Corriere dello Sport, Fiorentina are willing to sell Cuadrado to Roma if they get Alessandro Florenzi in return - along with cash of course.

The Viola reportedly rate the former Udinese star at €50 million (£40m), but Roma are not going to pay that – the price is too much for them (and probably for other clubs).

However, Roma have been given the chance to sign the winger if they are ready to send 23-year-old midfielder Florenzi, who has played four times for the Italy national team, the other way.

If these reports are true and if Roma do accept this offer, then it could leave United in a pickle.

The Red Devils are reportedly ready to pay £32m for the former Independiente Medellín winger, but they may now have to increase their offer if they want to get ahead of Roma in the race for the in-form winger.

Cuadrado was brilliant for Colombia at the World Cup, as he showcased his skills on the wings and helped them reach the quarter-finals.

A superb dribbler with frightening pace, the Fiorentina star is also versatile and will be a good addition to United under new manager Louis van Gaal.

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