Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado is on Barcelona’s radar as a transfer target, according to press reports in Italy.
The Colombian star, whose contract is actually co-owned by Udinese and Fiorentina, has been among the best Serie A players last season and is, by far, the best player at Fiorentina.
Cuadrado played a key role in his World Cup debut against Greece, helping Colombia won 3-0. He made two assists. The first was for the Armero’s opener and then for the final goal by James Rodriguez.
During the match, Cuadrado showed how vital he is to Colombia, with his non-stop running and excellent individual skills. These are the skills Cuadrado is known for, as one of the best wingers in Europe, which would make him a perfect option for FC Barcelona.
The Catalans have always used a system with quality wingers, who are also amazing runners. Look at Pedro or Alexis Sanches, for example. Cuadrado can easily be the successor to one of them.
FC Fiorentina is ready to pay a €15m fee to buy out the other half of the player’s contract, but FC Barcelona would be still interested in signing the player. New Barcelona manager Luis Enrique was reported to have made an offer for the Colombian star before Fiorentina made their offer to Udinese.
It’s possible that Barcelona may wait until Fiorentina has bought the half of his contract from Udinese before trying to negotiate to sign the player. Reports are that the player could leave for about €30m.
The 26 year old winger has played his last season with Fiorentina, scoring 11 goals and making 8 assist in 32 matches.