Italian newspaper La Nazione claim on Sunday that Manchester United are in pole position to sign Juan Cuadrado. The rumour of his transfer had gone a little quiet over the past week or so, picking up when Barcelona lost their appeal against a transfer ban.
The Catalan press decided that due to the ban, which will prevent Barcelona signing anyone for the next two windows, the club would do more business this window. They were linked with moves for Koke, Marco Reus and Cuadrado but it was more in hope than expectation. Even Angel di Maria got a mention, with one of the Catalan sport newspapers saying that Barcelona had offered €60m for the player.
La Nazione believe Manchester United are ahead in the two club race for Cuadrado because they don't think Barcelona can or will part with €40m for the player, which is what they say Fiorentina want. Manchester United would almost certainly want a cheaper deal for the 26 year old and Fiorentina have publicly made it clear they're ready to hold talks on a transfer for the player.
Cuadrado can play as a right back or right winger and would be perfect for the right wingback role. The Colombian would be a huge improvement on what Manchester United already have there and his flexibility would be a benefit to Louis van Gaal in nearly every system the Dutchman could imagine to play. If needed, Cuadrado can also play on the left.
Fiorentina have Cuadrado on a contract until 2017 which will give them confidence of being able to get close to the fee they want. La Nazione quote Cuadrado, when questioned on his future, as saying "I don't know, there's still time... I don't know what will happen."