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Manchester United and Bayern Munich fight for Fiorentina star

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Recent reports in Italy have linked Manchester United with a move for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado.

Gabriele Maltinti

According to Florence-based newspaper La Nazione (who should be pretty hot on Fiorentina news), Manchester United are interested in the viola winger Juan Cuadrado. He's enjoying an excellent season at the Artemio Franchi, and would make an great signing for David Moyes' side.

As ever, there are a few caveats before you get too excited. The Colombian is currently co-owned with Udinese, and Fiorentina are apparently looking to buy him outright. It would take a lot to prise him away from Tuscany. Plus if they are going to let him go, Bayern Munich are also apparently lining up a move for the outstandingly-nicknamed Vespa.

Cuadrado would be a perfect replacement on the right for the flagging Antonio Valencia, whose scintillating form of 2011-12 still doesn't look like making an appearance any time soon. Cuadrado is a bit less of a pure powerhouse than Valencia, but manages to combine his pace and endless trickery to bamboozle defenders. He's also an able worker, having been used at wing-back and full-back for both club and country.

If there is a criticism of the Colombian, it's that sometimes his decision-making lets him down. But his direct running, excellent crossing and attacking ingenuity should ensure he'd adapt to the Premier League without a problem. Let's hope this isn't just idle speculation.