Last month, Fiorentina were bullish in their stance that Juan Cuadrado will not be sold this summer.
After all, the Viola had just purchased the full rights to the Colombia international winger from Udinese, and there were already suggestions that he could be sold to Roma.
However, in the last few days, it has become evident that the Italian club are resigned to losing the 26-year-old, who was a massive hit at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Last week, the Florence-based club’s owner Andrea Della Valle admitted that it will ‘be difficult’ to keep hold of the former Independiente Medellin star, adding that along with Barcelona, there are ‘many others’ interested in the player.
One of those clubs is reported to be Manchester United, who are said to be in the transfer market for a winger.
New manager Louis van Gaal has already made an approach to Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben, and the Red Devils are also said to be monitoring Angel di Maria of Real Madrid (although recent reports suggest that Paris Saint-Germain are leading that particular race).
Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella has now made a statement that could just invite the Manchester outfit to step up their pursuit of Cuadrado – if indeed they are keen on signing the pacy winger.
‘We need to evaluate the player’s aspirations and, above all, if there is a club out there that can pay what he is truly worth’, the Italian told Sky Sport Italia, according to Football Italia.
It is believed that an offer of £30 million could be enough for Fiorentina to sell their prized asset. United can certainly afford that kind of money, especially as they are seeking a wide player and signing Di Maria is likely to cost considerably more.
It could eventually come down to Cuadrado’s ‘aspirations’. But would he choose United over any other club?
As big a club as the Manchester outfit are, they cannot provide him with Champions League football next season, but Barcelona can.
Of course, this may be thinking short-term, but Cuadrado is 26 and is going to reach his peak soon so he may not like to waste his best years trying to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition instead of playing in it.