Juan Cuadrado has been a wanted man this summer. Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Liverpool, AS Roma, Juventus and many more were believed to have approached La Viola over his availability. However, the team in England most heavily linked with his signature were Manchester United.
Cuadrado was the perfect fit for Louis van Gaal's wing-back system, as he had played in that formation before in Italy.
He reportedly asked for a transfer earlier in the month and Fiorentina appeared ready to let him go, reluctantly. So it appears as though United might actually get their man.
But this week it emerged that there were no advanced negotiations to sell the player, valued at £31.8 million by the club, so he was therefore likely to remain at Fiorentina. Manchester United's interest seems over with the big money purchase of Angel Di Maria and Fiorentina are now lining up a new contract for the player, who looks like going nowhere before the transfer window slams shut.
Now the player himself has confirmed so on his official Twitter account, stating:
Rimango con grande entusiasmo con la certezza di portare la Fiore insieme ai mie compagni sempre piu… http://t.co/nc8ojlAr9m— Juan Cuadrado (@Cuadrado) August 30, 2014
Translated that reads, "I stay with great enthusiasm and certainty with Fiorentina..."
Cuadrado's Fiorentina look a strong outfit this season and many are expecting them to challenge for the Serie A title, Cuadrado will be pivotal to any such attempt.
Will Cuadrado help Fiorentina to Italian glory?