Fiorentina midfielder Borja Valero has admitted that he is in the dark over the future of his teammate and Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado.
The 26-year-old winger is reportedly on the radar of Premier League giants United, as well as Spanish powerhouse Barcelona, and could command a transfer fee of as much as €50 million.
Valero, a former Real Madrid youth-team player, told Goal.com that he has not spoken to the Colombia international about his future.
‘I do not know if he is staying or going’, said the 29-year-old. ‘He has not said anything to me about it’.
Although Valero hopes that Cuadrado will remain at Fiorentina this season, he sounds as if he is resigned to losing his teammate to a bigger club.
‘Hopefully for the sake of the team he will stay because he is one of the best players we have’, added the former Villarreal star. ‘If he has to go, then hopefully it's the best possible deal for him and the club.
‘I can only wish him well, whether he's at Barca, Manchester United or Fiorentina this season’.
Fiorentina finished fourth in Serie A last season and will hope to go one better this time to stand a chance of playing in the Champions League in the 2015-16 campaign, but they do not have the financial muscle to resist a big offer for Cuadrado.
Cuadrado is one of the best wingers in the game at the moment and his stock has risen after his performances at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil earlier this summer.
However, United will not find it easy to land the star man, if indeed they want him. The €50m price tag on Cuadrado is a bit too much and it is very likely that Fiorentina will settle for a fee lower than that, but the Red Devils may face competition from Barcelona.
The Spanish giants have also been reportedly keen on the former Udinese star, who was pictured this week signing a Barca shirt.
Whether that action of Cuadrado has any special meaning is up for debate, but what is certain is that if United do sign him, then manager Louis van Gaal will get someone who will be a huge upgrade on the current wingers he has at his disposal.
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