Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade has admitted that 'it would be difficult' to refuse an offer of up to €50m for Colombian starlet Juan Cuadrado, however Prade remians confident that Cuadrado will remain a La Viola player. Usually, when a club publicly announce a proposed price-tag upon a player, it is an indication that the are prepared to sell the player and also that he will leave the club. Prade's asking price of around €50m (£39.5m) is thought to be a be on a or nearest offer basis, and it is a marketing technique to try and get as much money for the player as possible.
Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are amongst the big named clubs spearheading interest in the Colombian wide man aftering an exceptional season in Serie A in Fiorentina and debut World Cup with Colombia, showcasing his array of flair and exciting talent, who looks to be available for sale going by Daniele Prade's interview with Sky Italia earlier this week. Prade told of his wish to keep Cuadrado: "We hope he remains with us. We have never had official offers for him. We talk frequently with him and his agent. On August 4th or 5th he will be back in Italy and then, we will talk." "It would be really difficult refusing a €50 millions euros offer. Let’s wait, and let’s see what will happen."
While Cuadrado was played his way into the spotlight as a key figure in Colombia’s entertaining World Cup performances, it’s worth mentioning that any potential deal for the player wouldn’t solely be on the back of a stellar major tournament. His super summer tournament comes on the back of a sensational term in Serie A last season, inspiring the Florence club to a fourth-place finish, points short of a Champions League returning, recording eleven goals and five assists across the campaign, which found him feature in the 'European Team of the Season' from across Europe's top 5 leagues according to WhoScored - renowned for their statistical specialities - amongst a midfield of Paul Pogba, Steven Gerrard and Cristiano Ronaldo. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez made up the attacking line-up in a front two if its any credit to Cuadrado.
Juan Cuadrado would be a great addition to any side, simply because of his positional flexibility. It is thought that FC Barcelona are looking at the player as a potential replacement for Dani Alves who has been linked to PSG and AS Monaco. Cuadrado can play right back or even at right-wing back, in a 3-5-2/5-2-1-2 which are formations also used by new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, suggesting that he would suit the clubs philosophy, who have been linked to him. Only time will tell where Cuadrado, who registered the most assists (4) at this summer World Cup, will be playing his football next season...