Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle told reporters today, Friday, that the club may effectively be powerless to retain the services of coveted Colombia international Juan Cuadrado should a significant offer arrive for the 26-year-old.
A versatile footballer who is adept high up on either flank, in midfield and anywhere along the entire right wing, Cuadrado has been linked with an exit from the Viola all summer, with Barcelona and Manchester United the most interested parties.
However, it is a move to Old Trafford that may most make sense as Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal looks to fortify his wing back options for his 3-5-2 system, and the club are said to be poised for a massive triple Serie A swoop - with Cuadrado one of their targets.
Della Valle talked about the speculation today.
"We spoke with Cuadrado and looked him in the eye," said the Fiorentina chief at a press conference. "It was a a very serious and honest meeting. At the end, however, the situation is that if an important offer arrives, the boy will leave. The city deserves to know this type of thing.
"I asked him to stay at least another year with this team, as the club has a major project. Although I saw a good reaction to this on his part, I can only confirm that should an important offer arrive, I will be the first to set him free.
"And I fear that these offers will arrive," he concluded.
A £36 million fee is believed to be enough to convince Della Valle to release Cuadrado to Manchester United.