Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado in hot water at Fiorentina

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The Colombian was subbed after just 24 minutes of Fiorentina's Europa League tie yesterday.

Colombian wide man Juan Cuadrado was a wanted man this summer. Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Liverpool, AS Roma, Juventus and many more were believed to have approached Fiorentina over his availability after the secured 100 per cent of his ownership from Udinese.

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. After starring for Colombia at the World Cup that interest appeared to grow.

He reportedly asked for a transfer in the summer with Fiorentina ready reluctantly to let him go. For a minute it looked like Manchester United would get their man.

In the end however Manchester United's interest ended with the big money purchase of Angel Di Maria and Fiorentina have since been trying to tie him down to a new deal as interest continues to circulate in this talent.

Last night however was the clearest indication yet that not all is well at Fiorentina for Cuadrado.

Fiorentina lost to Dinamo Minsk in Italy last night, with Cuadrado taken off after just 24 minutes. After the game Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella said of the player:

"He's suspended on Sunday so I tried to play him from the start. I saw that his mind wasn't totally on the match, so I preferred to substitute him.

"It was an important match for me, I don't like to lose even when I'm playing against my son. I take this seriously, I'm ashamed and I apologise to everyone."

Cuadrado clearly struggled to get fired up for the game, which was essentially a dead rubber for the Italian side but being subbed so early was a truly embarrassing moment for the player.

Manchester United will therefore view this news in two minds. Great, he is clearly not happy. Uh-oh, he could be trouble.

Time will tell which thought process they go with.

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