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Juan Cuadrado: Manchester United Transfer Target Closer To Fiorentina Exit

12/08/2014 10:22 BST | Updated 12/08/2014 18:59 BST

Juan Cuadrado, heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, moved a step closer to leaving Fiorentina after the club confirmed the arrival of winger Marko Marin on loan.

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Winger Marin has arrived in Florence from Chelsea, presumably as a replacement for Cuadrado, with Barcelona also interested in the Colombian.

"I met with Juan today, and he asked me if he could leave. I asked him, 'Stay one more year', but I’m not optimistic,” Fiorentina president Andrea Della told Sport Mediaset.

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Cuadrado shone for Colombia at the World Cup

"Faced with an important offer, the boy wants to leave. We’ll give ourselves time until the end of August, but even without him we’ll be ultra-competitive."

La Viola value Cuadrado, who joined the club in 2012, at around £36 million with less than three weeks to go until the transfer window closes.

Cuadrado impressed at the World Cup as he started in all five of Colombia's games, scoring a penalty in the 4-1 rout of Japan.

The 26-year-old right-wing back would ease into Louis van Gaal's 3-5-2 system at United, with right-back Rafael da Silva's future in doubt and the maligned Antonio Valencia currently out injured.

United dealt with Fiorentina during David Moyes' brief reign when midfielder Anderson was loaned to the club in January, however the Brazilian failed to make an impact in Italy.

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Anderson is unlikely to be a makeweight in a deal for Cuadrado

Cuadrado's compatriot, the left-wing back Pablo Armero, enjoyed an excellent World Cup bur experienced a forgettably brief loan stint at West Ham earlier this year.

Barcelona, meanwhile, are keen on recruiting a replacement for Dani Alves, whose form has dropped over the last year to the extent he was replaced by Maicon in Brazil's starting XI at the World Cup.