Juan Cuadrado's agent has said that reports saying that Barcelona had asked his client to submit a transfer request are false.
Juan Cuadrado’s agent, Alessandro Lucci, has revealed that reports surfacing this morning that Manchester United have seized an advantage in the race for his client are false.
The Express said that Cuadrado was furious with Barcelona’s request for him to submit a transfer request to his current club Fiorentina to force a move, but Lucci has explained that the Catalan team have made no such demands.
Instead, he says Barca have been very good to deal with – confirming their interest in securing Cuadrado this summer.
"We have been talking with Barcelona as well as other clubs for a while," Lucci told the Italian media.
"Barcelona is represented by very serious professionals that in our conversations have never, let me repeat it, never talked about using dodgy strategies
Lucci also went on to state that no official offers had been made for Cuadrado from any club so far this summer and that as things stands he has happy to stay with Fiorentina.
"The relationship we have with all at Fiorentina, personal and professional, both for me and for Cuadrado, is exceedingly good,” he said.
"Should there be in the near future some important, first level, talks we will sit down, analyse the pro and cons and close the deal to the maximum satisfaction of all parties involved."
It is understood that if the fleet-footed Colombian does leave then it will be to either Barcelona or United, with both clubs reportedly hoping to do a deal.
So far any attempts they have made have been fruitless and they have seemingly balked at the £40million price tag that the Italian club have placed on their prized asset.
Instead, United are reportedly hoping to do a deal for around £25million as they feel that he could offer an excellent option down their right-hand-side in Louis van Gaal’s newly adopted 3-4-1-2 formation.
Cuadrado had an excellent season in Serie A last year, but it was at the World Cup that he really announced himself on the world stage.
Although the was overshadowed by the performances of James Rodriguez, he still managed to earn a lot of plaudits and it seems that he could be set to move to one of Europe’s major clubs this summer.
It remains to be seen whether it will be United, Barcelona or another club entirely, but it seems neither side is ahead at this stage as previously reported.