Serie A side buy remaining 50% of Colombian World Cup star Juan Cuadrado from Udinese.
Serie A side Fiorentina have exercised their option to buy the remaining 50% of winger Juan Cuadrado from Udinese, according to ESPN, perhaps in anticipation of a significant bid from abroad.
Cuadrado has been linked with Premier League giants Arsenal and Liverpool, as well as La Liga club Barcelona, but competition for his signature is sure to be fierce as the 26 year-old has emerged as one of the stars of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The explosive winger, who can also play at right back or in a more central attacking position, began his career at Colombian side Indpendiente Medellin before moving on to Udinese in Serie A, a club where he made just 20 appearances either side of loan spells with Lecce and Fiorentina.
It was after joining the Viola that Cuadrado’s career really began to take off, with his combination of electric pace, strength and direct running making him one of the most difficult opponents for full backs in Serie A last season.
Vincenzo Montella is likely to be keen to want to keep Cuadrado at the Florence club, however, whilst his impressive displays in Brazil could mean that the fee required to bring the Colombian to the Premier League would be eye-watering.
With Barcelona also interested, Cuadrado would represent a very expensive summer acquisition for either Arsene Wenger or Brendan Rodgers, albeit one who would inject excitement into any team that he joins.