Cuadrado release clause figure set, will it tempt Manchester United?

Fiorentina fans

In-demand Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado is closing on a contract renewal, which will include a release clause of around £27 million.

Juan Cuadrado was one of the most talked about players of the summer transfer window, but he stayed put and is close to signing a contract renewal at Fiorentina that will include a release clause.

The Colombian was magnificent in the 2013-14 Serie A campaign and put in some strong World Cup performances, sparking wild press speculation that he would join Manchester United or Barcelona in the summer.

However, despite all the rumours, no solid offer arrived and Cuadrado has had to content himself with negotiations over an improved deal at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

The latest reports from La Nazione suggest that discussions between Cuadrado and Fiorentina are advancing with a five-year length agreed and also the terms of a release clause, but that the salary details are requiring more effort.

The paper believes that a fee of £27 million will allow Cuadrado to leave, but it will be interesting to see whether that fee entices any offer in January or next summer.

The sum is similar to the amounts being reported in the summer, which seemed to put off any possible suitors who were possibly not convinced that Cuadrado wasn't a flash in the pan.

Fiorentina have had a tougher start to this season and Cuadrado may have his work cut out to make the impact he did last term.

It may be that a £27 million price tag puts off Manchester United, Barcelona or any other big clubs who may have already moved on to the latest zeitgeist.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch