Have Fiorentina scared Barcelona off Cuadrado?

The latest press speculation indicates that Fiorentina's aggressive price tag may have put Barcelona off winger Juan Cuadrado.

Colombian international Juan Cuadrado had appeared almost certain to leave Fiorentina, but the Tuscan side seem unwilling to lower their valuation.

Manchester United and Barcelona are the two clubs that have been most frequently linked with Fiorentina's star man Cuadrado.

Cuadrado made a name for himself in Serie A last season and followed it up with an excellent World Cup campaign with Colombia.

Barcelona emerged as press favourites to sign Cuadrado after Fiorentina bought out Udinese's 50 percent share in the player and the Catalan newspapers believed a deal was on its way.

But Fiorentina have always stressed that they would like to keep hold of Cuadrado and it seems that their reluctance to negotiate may have frustrated the La Liga team.

Spanish press reports, backed up by La Gazzetta dello Sport, claim that Fiorentina are completely unwilling to consider an offer of less than £31.6 million paid up front.

It is suggested that this insistence may see a transfer pushed back a year until the end of the 2014-15 campaign.

Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella is hoping to employ an attacking trident of Cuadrado, Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez, which could do considerable damage in Serie A.

It would be a big gamble for Fiorentina because Cuadrado's value could drop if he doesn't back up last season's exploits.

But rejecting all offers for such a pivotal player would also represent a statement of intent that the Gigliati intend to be serious Scudetto challengers. 

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