Manchester United will find out whether their efforts to sign Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado have been successful within the next 24 hours, according to a report.
The fleet-footed Colombian has been heavily linked with United and Real Madrid this summer, but Fiorentina’s asking price of £40 million has caused both clubs to contemplate their interest.
It is said that United made a take-it-or-leave-it bid of around £36 million to land Cuadrado, though, and they will find out if their offer, which is slightly below the asking price, has been successful either late tonight or early tomorrow morning.
If Cuadrado does sign he will become the third big money signing brought to Old Trafford this summer after Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera were both purchased for expensive fees earlier in the transfer window.
It is all to aid new manager Louis van Gaal as he aims to return United back to the top of the Premier League after a dismal campaign last year.
The Dutchman takes over at the club’s lowest point in recent memory, but the initial signs are positive that he will be able to restore their pride and get them challenging for titles again.
One of the players who he wants in his squad to enable him to do this is Cuadrado.
The 26-year-old shot to fame after an excellent season in Serie A last year and has been identified as a player who could excel in the right-wing-back slot in Van Gaal’s 3-4-1-2 formation.
At the moment it looks as if Ashley Young, Rafael and Antonio Valencia will fight it out for that spot, but Cuadrado would certainly be an upgrade on any of Van Gaal’s current options.
The Colombian, who was part of his nation’s impressive World Cup campaign, is naturally attacking, but he also has the energy to defend and he should have no problem coping with the pace of the Premier League.
It is a prospective signing which has increased the excitement around Old Trafford even more for the coming season and it seems as if United fans may whether or not they will get their target very soon.