£40m Manchester United target expected to leave by deadline, at reduced price - Ex-pro

Fiorentina are expected to sell Manchester United linked Juan Cuadrado, says a former player of the club.

Juan Cuadrado could seal his move away from Fiorentina over the next fortnight, claims former midfielder Daniele Amerini.

The Viola have been asking for as much as £40 million for his signature, but so far no clubs have bitten on their asking price.

Manchester United and Barcelona have been repeatedly linked with signing the Colombian, with it reported last week that the player has agreed personal terms with the Red Devils.

Daniele Amerini, a Fiorentina player between 1991 and 1995, who retired in 2009, told Firezneviola.It:

"Cuadrado I think that he will be sold in the last days of the market. I think Fiorentina eventually will have to accept a lower figure than that which they wanted to receive.

"The fact that Fiorentina no longer considers that the ultimatum of 20 August, is indicative that it wishes to transfer."

Reports in Italy had suggested Wednesday would be the final day for Cuadrado to be sold, but Amerini claims this is no longer the case.

It makes sense for Fiorentina to try to string out the transfer pursuit, for while Cuadrado is a top player, they are looking to cash in at his maximum possible value after an superb Serie A season and World Cup.

If they do not sell now, it is questionable whether they will receive the type of fee they aspire to now, in future seasons, even if they cave in and let him for for £30 million. They have also signed Chelsea's Marko Marin on loan for the season as a potential replacement.

Versatile enough to play in midfield or at full-back, Cuadrado may be the exact type of player who can shine as a wing-back in Louis van Gaal's system.

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