Arsenal are reportedly set to meet the representatives of Fiorentina winger Juan Guillermo Cuadrado over the course of the next week, according to reports in Spain.
The 26 year old is proving to be a sensation at the World Cup, leading his side to victories over Greece and Ivory Coast with three assists. He has been linked with a move to the Emirates in the past with scouts understood to have been watching him and it appears we’re ready to step up our interest.
The report states that the midfielder’s agent Alessandro Lucci, is due to arrive in London this week to hold talks with Arsenal officials over a possible move to north London.
However, it further states that the Gunners will face some stiff competition as Lucci has already held talks with Bayern Munich last Friday, while talks are also planned with Barcelona – Cuadrado is said to favour a move to the Nou Camp. Fiorentina are said to be unlikely to negotiate a deal after they recently bought him from Udinese for around £20 million.
The Colombian 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 possess explosive pace and stamina to go with all that trickery, but while there is confidence in going for goal, at times his shooting can be somewhat wayward.
He is certainly an exciting talent and would add some much needed pace to our attack. There is no doubt that with his pace, skill and stamina, the flying Cuadrado is ready for the big stage, which he has already demonstrated in the initial matches of the World Cup itself.
Wenger is unlikely to pay that kind of money for a player who has only really started to prove himself at the top level over the past year or so and the Frenchman also won’t like the fact he’s up against the likes of Bayern and Barca for his signature. So although the rumours seem exciting it’s unlikely anything will come to fruition, and he has the potential to become the new Gervinho with his inability to produce a final product at times.
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