This week the hype surrounding the possible sale of Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado has gained momentum, especially after these comments from Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle:
"I spoke with Cuadrado and I have presented our project [to him]. I told him to stay another year in the team with a winning project. But, I am not optimistic because he has received important offers and we may have to let him go. We'll see what happens over the next week."
It comes over months of speculation over the Colombian international's future with Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich believed to be leading the race for his signature. Cuadrado is the perfect option for the Louis van Gaal era Manchester United. He has played wing-back in Italy last season, standing out as one of Serie A's best players in the process.
He would slot in perfectly to the new system being implemented at Manchester United, and at a rumoured price of €40 million he would be an expensive, but excellent, investment.
However, reports today suggest that an unlikely bidder might be in the mood to spoil United's interest in his services.
It is being reported that Chelsea are now keen on the player, despite not necessarily having a need for the player in their current squad. There is no doubt that Cuadrado is a Mourinho's Chelsea sort of player, but they have plenty of wide-men already in service at Stamford Bridge.
But Chelsea are still being linked with a move for the player, and believe they can use flop Marko Marin as bait to bring the transfer fee down. Fiorentina are keen on the German, who has had a torrid time since Chelsea snapped him up from Werder Bremen in 2012.
And Chelsea hope the inclusion of Marin in any deal might give them the jump on Manchester United and other interested parties.