Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado will reportedly join Barcelona when the transfer window opens at the end of the season.
Colombian international Juan Cuadrado, who will go to the World Cup with his country this summer, has attracted a host of interest following his performances this season. The 25-year-old winger has been on the radar of top clubs including Arsenal, Manchester United, Juventus, Tottenham, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
Fiorentina had even even rejected an offer for him from Juventus. It was earlier stated that the player would prefer a move to the Premier League.
The Colombian moved to Italy in 2009 at the age of 21, signing a five-year contract with Udinese, before being farmed out to Lecce and Fiorentina and eventually sold.
A winger who can play on both flanks, Cuadrado is efficient in his game while playing as a wing-back. He is a pacey winger and is pretty terrifying on the attack. He links up well with the forwards and gives them deliveries to feed off. He also creates width for his team and widens up the attack. He is an awe-worthy dribbler and, it was reported in 2013, that he doubled the dribbling rate of Cristiano Ronaldo per league game. The fact that he can play wherever he is asked to will help his cause in Brazil and show the world who Barcelona have got within their ranks.
Serie A pundit Giancarlo Rinaldi talked about his versatility and importance in the Viola’s games this season:
“(Cuadrado) is a key tactical figure for Fiorentina playing right midfield or right side of a three-man attack. Overall, he is a vital element in 3-5-2, 4-3-3, 4-3-2-1 and all other formations the Viola have tried this year. He has even played at left side of a three-man forward line and at right back. In fact, almost anywhere on the pitch.”
The Colombian international is currently the subject of intense negotiations between Fiorentina and Udinese, who also own 50 percent of his rights. Fiorentina had been expected to buy Udinese out for around £8m, possibly in order to sell Cuadrado on for a sizeable profit, but Udinese chief Giampaolo Pozzo is not an easy man to negotiate with as he appears to be not keen on giving up his grip on the rising star.
The 25 year old who has 9 goals and 6 assists to his name in the league, had earlier said that the interest of top teams does make him feel good but he is happy in Italy
“I would be an hypocrite if I said that I don’t like that many teams are pursuing me but I think about the present and its name is Fiorentina. I dream of staying here, Italy is beautiful.”
TalkSport reports that the player has given the La Liga giants the go ahead to pursue a move for him at the end of the season and has already personally agreed to the move. Barcelona are reported to start their negotiations with a bid of around £16m.