Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado was strongly linked with Manchester United and Barcelona in the summer transfer window.
The 26-year-old was a star for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup and helped his country reach the quarter-finals of the tournament.
The pacy winger’s stock has been rising steadily in Serie A over the past few years, and, following his stellar performances in Brazil, he became one of the hottest properties on the transfer market.
United and Barcelona both were strongly linked with moves for the former Udinese star, with the two European giants reported to have made enquiries.
But nothing concrete materialised and recent reports in Italy suggest that Cuadrado, who is rated at €40 million, is in talks with Fiorentina over a new and improved contract.
However, Cuadrado’s compatriot and Colombian legend Faustino Asprilla believes that he should have moved to Barcelona in order to elevate himself even further and develop his game more.
‘He is a top player, one of the best around’, Football Italia quotes Asprilla as telling Tuttomercatoweb.
‘I think what he’s missing is to make the step up to a better side than Fiorentina. If he could go to Barcelona, for example, he’d be considered one of the best in the world’.
Cuadrado’s chances of moving to Barcelona anytime soon may have gone, as the Spanish club are unable to sign players until January 2016 due to a transfer ban.
As for United, the Red Devils recruited a better and more versatile player in Angel di Maria and may not delve into the market for another winger next summer.
But then again, the transfer windows always throw up surprises. Even if Cuadrado signs a new deal with Fiorentina, he could still be chased by Europe’s elite clubs if he has a brilliant 2014-15 campaign.