Arsenal have reportedly set their sights on a summer deal for Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado, according to reports in the Metro.
The 25 year old has emerged as one of Serie A’s top performers this season on the back of a number of impressive displays for La Viola.
The report states that his fine form has caught the eye of Arsene Wenger, who was rumoured to have been considering an approach for the Colombian ace last month. However he opted against doing so in what was a disappointing January for the Gunners.
It further states that Wenger has been handed extensive scouting reports on Cuadrado from his chief Italian scout Tony Banfield and the club are now looking into whether the Colombian will be eligible for a UK work permit if a deal is agreed.
It is thought that around £15 million may be enough to snap up the South American sensation, but a deal could be complicated by his part ownership as Udinese possess 50% of his rights. Liverpool and Tottenham are also keeping a close eye on the versatile player.
Cuadrado is a fast and powerful right winger who can also play as a striker. His favoured position is on the right wing but he can play all positions on the right hand side, even as a right back as he is a competent defender. He has scored six goals this season, including the one which helped Fiorentina to the Coppa Italia final this week.
He is great with the ball at his feet, enjoys running at opponents and is sure to play a part in next year’s World Cup in Brazil. His finishing is a little erratic but he gets a good variety of goals, from tap ins and close range headers to fierce drives.
The Gunners are a little short of wingers with injuries often troubling Wenger and if Sagna leaves we will need a first choice right back. He is clearly a gifted individual and will be a luxury to have in the team mainly owing to his versatility.
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