The Colombian winger has made a flying start to the season and is believed to have been watched by Gunners scouts as he scored a brace in Verona on Sunday, helping La Viola earn a 2-1 victory.
The 25 year old revealed that he wasn’t aware of the interest from the north London side but admitted that he was happy with the attention he is receiving.
According to Daily Star, he said:
I didn’t know, I learned from you.
It’s something that pleases me, but I’m happy here at Fiorentina… we’ll see.
Cuadrado made the move to Fiorentina earlier this summer after completing a successful loan spell with the Italian side and his good form with the club has continued, having scored three goals in his last two matches.
A few days back Sky Italia and the well connected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzi reported that Arsenal’s transfer fixer Dick Law watched the Colombian winger in Fiorentina’s weekend win. Law was reportedly accompanied by the player’s agent Alessandro Lucci, and a potential €30 million bid has been mooted.
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The Colombian is known for being a highly versatile player. His favoured position is on the right wing but Cuadrado can play all positions on the right hand side, even as a right back as he is a competent defender. He has also shown that he’s capable of playing on the left side by scoring 2 goals as a left winger against Chievo.
He scored 5 goals and assisted 7 in 36 Serie A fixtures last season. His main strengths are his explosive pace, direct dribbling, and an incredible work rate. His finishing is a little erratic but unusually for a player of his type he gets a good variety of goals, from tap ins and close range headers to fierce drives and long range free-kicks. His assists aren’t limited to just crosses, although that is very much a strength in his armory. He has netted 3 times from 20 caps for the Colombian national team.
Cuadrado is co-owned between Udinese and Fiorentina and therefore any negotiations for the player would have to be agreed upon by both clubs. It will be a little hard to complete his signing because the dual ownership will complicate any future transfer. The reported fee is very escalated but if he keeps up his recent rate of improvement he may prove worth it.
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