26-year-old Cuadrado has risen to prominence in the transfer market in the last week, with Sky Sports reporting that Chelsea had made a bid for the Colombian international.
The Viola will not settle for anything less than his £26.8 million buy-out clause, and, with the Blues delaying on a deal, the Manchester Evening News has run a story claiming that Manchester United will make a late swoop for Cuadrado, offering the in demand Adnan Januzaj as part of a swap deal.
As mentioned by the Sky report, United were interested in the winger over the summer as well, following his impressive World Cup campaign, but it appeared as if Chelsea had got ahead of them in the race for his signature. But with just a few days left to run in the transfer window, both clubs will have to act quickly to secure their number one signing.
Although his reputation in Italy is excellent, having played in the country since 2009, signing Cuadrado would represent a risk for any Premier League side, with the player still unproven in England. However, Micah Richards, who is on loan at Fiorentina from Manchester City has spoken to Sky Sports to discuss the potential move, and he believes that the winger would be a perfect signing for the English top-flight.
The former England international said: “After the World Cup, he had lot of teams looking at his situation and I have heard all the top teams in England are looking at him and so they should be.
“I have been training with him every day and he’s got everything; technique, speed, power, pace. All his attributes would be suited to the Premier League so I can see exactly why he is being linked with a move there.”