Manchester United’s summer transfer target Juan Cuadrado has seen talks over a new contract with Fiorentina break down over the past couple of days, reports claim.
The Colombian international was heavily linked with a move away from Florence following a terrific campaign last season and a solid showing during the World Cup.
Barcelona were said to be at the forefront of a possible transfer tussle with United, but the Catalans were said to be put off by the winger’s €40 million price tag.
According to reports in Italy stated by the Star, however, talks of an extended contract in Florence have broken down thus leading to yet more question marks over his future.
Whilst Cuadrado comes with a hefty price tag, there is little denying his ability and at just 26-years-old he is arguably entering the peak years of his career.
Described as a fantastic dribbler and renowned for his marauding runs down the right flank, a spot in United boss Van Gaal’s counter-attacking side could be a match made in heaven.
Currently, the Old Trafford outfit are struggling for numbers due to a bizarre injury crisis and their right flank during the 2-1 victory over West Ham United consisted of the much-criticised Rafael and the natural central midfielder Ander Herrera.
Van Gaal likes his width, whether in a 3-5-2 wing-back formation or the more attacking 4-3-3 style and has accustomed to working with Dutch wizard Arjen Robben.
With Di Maria on one side, one can only suggest that United lack the same sort of penetration on the right and Fiorentina’s Player of the Year Cuadrado could be a fabulous January transfer option.