Manchester United linked Cuadrado happy to remain in Italy

Fiorentina ace Juan Cuadrado remains in positive spirits despite missing out on a potential summer move to Manchester United or Barcelona.

Manchester United’s summer transfer target Juan Cuadrado has reaffirmed his happiness at remaining in Italy with Serie A outfit Fiorentina.

The Colombian international was heavily linked with a move this summer after a fabulous campaign last season and a solid showing at the World Cup in Brazil.

Both Barcelona and the Red Devils were rumoured to be at the forefront of a potential €40 million mega deal, though Fiorentina’s persistence to keep hold of him eventually paid off as the flying winger stayed put.

Now that the transfer window has passed, Cuadrado has told Sky Sports Italia that he’s happy to remain in Florence and a new contract extension could be imminent.

“I’m happy to have stayed in this great team, we hope to return to winning ways in the next match.” He commented on his complicated summer: “I was very serene, I just waited to know what God would send to me, and in the end he decided to let me stay here.”

“I’m happy, I’m at ease with the people and the city. Extension? I don’t know, my agent takes care of that, I think that he’ll soon meet the management and we’ll reach an agreement.”

The likely new deal could increase Cuadrado’s pay rise by up to four times his current salary, if reports in the Italian press mentioned in August are to be believed.

Despite United missing out on the 26-year-old, Van Gaal is arguably still short on a marauding right winger due to the departure of Nani and another stand-out season in Tuscany could see the Fiorentina ace once again linked with an Old Trafford move next summer.

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