Manchester City muscle in on Barcelona and United target Cuadrado

Etihad Stadium

A local rivalry could be heating up before a ball in the new season has been kicked if Manchester United miss out on Fiorentina man.

Summer-long Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado is not short on admirers.

Louis van Gaal met competition for the Fiorentina winger's signature when Barcelona reportedly became interested in the Colombian World Cup star.

If Barcelona made an official approach for the 26-year-old, United may find it tough to replicate what the Camp Nou side can offer as the La Liga heavyweights not only have a star-studded roster of athletes for Cuadrado to potentially play alongside, but the club can also offer Champions League football.

Like Barcelona, Manchester City can offer both of these things as the Etihad Stadium side are allegedly muscling in on the attacker.

According to La Nazione, Cuadrado would prefer Barcelona if he was presented with all three options but it is the Premier League rivals who have been in regular contact with the player's agent; Fali Ramadani.

While City, like Barcelona, can offer a stronger squad to compete in with the added lure of elite-level European competition, there is also another factor that benefits Manuel Pellegrini's side - and that is the presence of Ramadani.

The agent was key in Steven Jovetic's transfer to City and his working relationship with the club could help smooth negotiations for Cuadrado.

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Fiorentina are reportedly holding out for a €40 million (£32 million) offer.

Van Gaal recently spoke of the rivalry with City but if it is they who acquire Cuadrado on pulling power alone then that rivalry will reach new levels before a ball has even been kicked in the new season.

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