Colombian Juan Cuadrado set for Old Trafford.
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Manchester United are set to complete the signing of winger Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina, report the Express, who suggest that the Red Devils are close to agreeing a £36m deal for the Colombian.
Cuadrado would be United’s third major summer signing, following the captures of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw from Athletic Bilbao and Southampton respectively – and he could potentially be joined at Old Trafford by another Serie A star in midfielder Arturo Vidal, who has been strongly linked with United.
Colombian Cuadrado had a fine World Cup for his country, impressive in something of a free role afforded to him by the tactically flexible Argentine manager Jose Pekerman.
Louis van Gaal, however, could be signing Cuadrado as he attempts to switch the club’s playing system to the 3-5-2 that he used to great success with the Netherlands at the World Cup – with Cuadrado potentially a superb option for van Gaal as a right wing-back.
Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young have both been used in that position in pre-season, whilst Rafael is also an option, but Cuadrado would represent a genuine step up in quality on what United already have.
His versatility as an attacking midfield option would also mean that his signing would still be a great one, even if van Gaal did choose to abandon his system in the future.