Serie A giants Fiorentina have unsurprisingly tried to get Juan Cuadrado tied down on a new long term contract.
The Manchester United target has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford for most of the summer and will receive a big boost should the Colombian reject a new contract which is reportedly going to be offered to him in the next 48 hours.
The main tactic that Fiorentina have seemingly deployed to try and keep the £50 million rated star is simply offering him a higher wage deal, which is something that United can play on.
“La Viola are expected to offer the Colombian wide-man a £30,000-a-week wage increase as they desperately bid to ward off interest from United and Barcelona,” reports the Daily Star.
United have the ability to put any new signing in the transfer market on a very competitive contract as the new deal for Wayne Rooney last season shows.
United’s financial strength is supported by their financial network all over the world, which means they aren’t suffering the effects of missing out on the Champions League in the same way one of their rivals could.
It is dangerous to throw money at a player who doesn’t have any Premier League experience but it’s something United will have to consider as Fiorentina try to keep him and Barcelona come into play.
Barca can also afford to put him on a very good pay deal, but they have spent a lot of cash this summer, with most of it going on signing Luis Suarez in a £75 million deal from Liverpool.
It’s still debatable whether Cuadrado will be a United player by the end of August because even if Fiorentina fail with the mentioned improved terms, he’s still under contract until 2017, which leaves them will all of the aces.