Arsenal face a tough fight to sign Fiorentina midfielder Juan Cuadrado. The Viola are determined to do everything they can to hold on to the talented winger, despite interest from the Gunners.
Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle has asked the player in person to stay with the club asking him to achieve the most he possibly can during his time at the club while issuing a clear statement to the media.
“We will try to do everything possible to keep him in Florence.”
Cuadrado made his loan move from Udinese permanent in the summer and has followed that up with four goals and four assists from 13 appearances. His displays have alerted some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Bayern Munich & Serie A champions Juventus.
However it is Arsenal who are believed to hold the strongest interest in the Colombian. His dribbling ability allows him to take on even the strongest defenders while his versatility is something that will appeal to Arsene Wenger even more. The 25-year old can play along the whole of the right-flank and so he could act as a replacement for Bacary Sagna, if the Frenchman does decided to leave, while doubling up as a right-winger too.
Arsenal’s interest in Cuadrado outside of that would be strange considering the wealth of talent they currently possess in the midfield. Despite not having an out-and-out winger, they have players who can play across the midfield positions. Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski & Theo Walcott are used as winger with Tomas Rosicky & Mesut Özil play directly behind the striker. Aaron Ramsey has developed in to a box-to-box midfielder while Jack Wilshere is used as both an attacking & defending midfielder. Mathieu Flamini & Mikel Arteta are used as holding players which leaves room for Cuadrado very short.