It seems that the press has mastered the art, over the last couple of years, of finding ways to explain that a deal is nigh without it actually being done.
The latest reports are that Manchester United have agreed personal terms with the brilliant Columbia winger Juan Cuadrado – but that they haven’t yet agreed a fee with his club Fiorentina.
Barcelona friendly Spanish media outlet Sport.Es says that terms have been agreed between club and player:
The English (Manchester United) have an agreement with the player, but have not yet convinced the Florentine entity.
Other reports bring new quotes to the party from Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle:
Della Valle said: “I met with Juan today and he asked if he could leave this summer.
“I said to him, stay for one more year, we have a serious project here, but I’m not optimistic.”
If true it at least suggests that the player is open to a move to United. There was concern that it was Barcelona or nothing as far as the player was concerned.
soccersweep believes that, with 20 days of the transfer window to go, Manchester United needs to have a very clear strategy with regards transfers.
That should be to completely outbid every other suitor for the players that they are after.
Surely it would be better to spend 10 million more than budget rather than end the transfer window with none of the top targets secured.
And that is looking ever more likely to happen with the clock ticking.
If Barcelona bid the same amount as United for the player, you would imagine it would be easy to persuade the Spanish speaking Cuadrado that he should go to the Camp Nou.
So, essentially, Manchester United need to do a PSG in order to bring their top targets to Old Trafford before September – blow everyone else out of the water.
Manchester United aren’t doing too badly in the right wingback areas but Cuadrado would take them to a different level altogether – especially in the attacking third.
Whilst Valencia still has great athleticism his distribution has been poor over the last couple of years.
Cuadrado is the one stop shop to address that right side and Manchester United would be much better with him in the team.
This one should definitely come to a head this week. Meanwhile let’s take a look at the lad in action.