Why Juan Cuadrado should be on Manchester United’s Summer shopping-list 0

Of course, events of the last ten days mean that transfer-targets are hardly the primary concern at Manchester United, and the more pressing issue is over David Moyes’ future at the club.

But, on the basis that the internet doesn’t need any more pro or anti-Moyes content, let’s skip ahead to the Summer.

United have issues in the centre of defence and the middle of midfield, and those needs will presumably be addressed, but this squad also lacks any real trickery in wide areas. Juan Mata’s future is in the middle of the pitch, Shinji Kagawa doesn’t seem to have much of a future in England, and Antonio Valencia’s more direct style of wing-play seems increasingly heat and miss.

Fiorentina’s brilliant Colombian, Juan Cuadrado, would be a very tidy solution to that problem.

Cuadrado is someone who I only became aware of last year, but who now impresses me every time I watch him. For those who are not familiar with the twenty-five year-old, he’s one of those players who excites you whenever he touches the ball. He has mesmerising feet, a really sharp creative mind, and can be almost unstoppable when in isolation with a single defender.

Players with his freedom of expression are rare, and clubs should be falling over themselves to take him away from Stadio Artemio Franchi.

He will be a centre-piece of Colombia’s World Cup campaign, and you can expect him to return from the tournament - depending on how his country do - as a global star.

Beyond his physical and technical attributes, he can play all manner of positions - whilst I’ve only seen him play wide-right or centrally as an attacking-midfielder, he is supposedly equally potent from the left side. That’s the kind of positional diversity which is incredibly useful in the modern Premier League, and that adaptability is a nightmare for opposing defenders to cope with.

There are no rumours and this isn’t a transfer story, but this is absolutely the kind of player that a club with Manchester United’s budget should be pursuing.

BT Sport’s coverage of Serie A is excellent, so rather than just rushing to YouTube try to watch Cuadrado across ninety minutes before the end of the season.

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