Insight into why Cuadadro could be a great signing for Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United have been credited with a move for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado in the past week following reports a €40m bid was made for him.

Cuadrado, 26, was influential in a Colombia side that were so vibrant in attack at the World Cup which is more than likely why he has been linked with a move away.

However, Fiorentina are yet to receive any offers for Cuadrado according to sporting director Daniele Prade and the club still harbour hopes of convincing the Columbian to stay in Italy.

“Cuadrado is a very strong player,” Prade said.

“We’ll speak with Cuadrado and we’ll understand what he wants to do. We’ll do our best to convince him to stay, but we’ll understand that only when we speak with him. Anyway, as for now, we haven’t received any official offer.”

Following the links with Cuadrado, Italian journalist Giancarlo Rinaldi kindly spoke to The Peoples Person about the prospect of Cuadrado moving to Old Trafford and whether it would be a good or bad move.

One reported fee for Cuadrado is €40m. Is he worth that much?

Fiorentina paid €15m to buy the remaining ‘half’ of him from out of co-ownership with Udinese this summer so that shows, I think, how highly they rate him. His performances at the World Cup can only have increased his value. He is such a rare combination of entertainer and game-changer that I would say, on current form, he’s worth a price around that mark.

What is his best position?

Until the second half of this season, I would have said wide right in a three man attack but he has shown great ability to play off a front man in more recent times. He is versatile enough to play almost any position across the midfield and attack and has even been used as a makeshift right-back.

However, he gives his best in the final third where he can take players on and beat them or win free kicks. Then he provides top quality assists – as has been seen at the World Cup – and has developed into a more accomplished goalscorer than he once was. He hits a thumping shot which has got more accurate as time has gone by.

How vital is he to Fiorentina?

He has become an essential part of Fiorentina’s play due to his versatility, speed, and unpredictability. The Viola tend to play a possession based game with quick inter passing which can, at times, be easy for opponents to defend against. However, a flash of brilliance from Cuadrado regularly throws opposition defences into disarray and either makes room for teammates or allows him to get a shot off. Without him, they are definitely a less attractive side to watch.

At 26, why is he only getting these big money links now?

He has been a bit of a late bloomer in terms of consistency of performance and convincing Serie A managers to give him regular game time. He is still prone to the odd blunder, but it is more than compensated for by his attacking skills. He did not play much when he was signed by Udinese and, when he did, it was sometimes as a wing-back. It was on loan to Lecce that he began to win a regular starting place but it was really only when he moved to Fiorentina, a team with a higher profile and more quality players around him, that he really began to thrive.

Could you see him succeeding in the Premier League?

I think he could definitely be a success in the Premier League. His pace and dribbling would surely trouble defenders in a league where there tends to be more space for opposition attackers than in Italy. My one reservation would be about the differences in physicality and officiating between the two leagues. Cuadrado wins a lot of free kicks in Italy which might not be given in England. Assuming he can adapt to that – and plenty of players have – I think he would be a quality addition to just about any side in the Premier League. Mind you, it’s a move I hope he does not make for at least another year.

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