Colombian legend wants Manchester United target to choose Barca - why?

Carlos Valderrama is keen to see Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado at Barcelona - to face off against Real Madrid new boy James Rodriguez.

Without a doubt, one of the greatest joys of 2014 in the football sphere was watching an exhilarating Colombia side ply their trade at the World Cup.

The electric duo of James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado were two of the most exciting talents on display at the tournament, leading the Cafeteros to the quarter-finals.

And after the former snapped up the Golden Boot with five goals in Brazil he received another prize - a coveted move to Champions League-winners Real Madrid.

Cuadrado, however, remains with Fiorentina despite interest from Europe’s financial superpowers. Barcelona and Manchester United remain the prime candidates for his signature.

Following his exploits at the World Cup and in Serie A, there’s certainly no doubt that Cuadrado is ready to take his career to the next level.

Colombian legend Carlos Valderrama concurs, but has a particular destination in mind for the 26-year-old - Barcelona, where he’d be a direct rival to his countryman James.

Valderrama told Tutto Mercato Web: "[Cuadrado is] a unique talent, one of the best young talents in the world. He’s a great player, fresh off a superb World Cup and a beautiful season at Fiorentina.

"He’s ready to be part of a great team, I hope to see him at one of the biggest in the world soon. [Seeing him at Barcelona to face James] would be great for Colombia, I hope so with all my heart."

Reports see Cuadrado in a tug-of-war between Barcelona and United, with the latest suggesting the Premier League giants have the upper hand.

Whether El Pibe will get his wish of a Colombian El Clasico remains to be seen, though it appears likely Cuadrado will be on the move somewhere before the transfer window closes.

Watching the winger and James go head-to-head at La Liga’s two giants would certainly be a sight to see - but one that Louis van Gaal and company are keen on keeping a fantasy for Valderrama.

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