Fiorentina upbeat on Cuadrado contract talks

The 26-year-old winger continues to be linked with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United and the Viola are desperate for him to sign a new deal

Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade is optimistic about the club’s chances of persuading Juan Cuadrado to sign a contract extension.

The Colombia international still has three years left to run on his current deal but was widely expected to leave the Viola during the summer, with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United all reportedly keen on signing the versatile winger.

However, Cuadrado ended up staying at the Artemio Franchi, with Fiorentina refusing to budge on their €50 million valuation of the player, and Prade is now hoping that the 26-year-old will commit his long-term future to the Serie A side.

“We’re negotiating,” he told reporters. “Both parties are discussing the situation and we want to do everything with the greatest serenity for everyone involved. We are hope to soon find a point of agreement.”

Prade also revealed that Cuadrado is not the only player that Fiorentina are trying to tie down to a new contract.

“We want to reach an agreement with other players, like Neto, [Khouma] Babacar, [Federico] Bernardeschi, [Alberto] Aquilani and [Stefan] Savic.

“Slowly but surely, we will do all of the deals.”

Cuadrado underlined his star status with a sensational strike in Fiorentina’s 3-0 rout of Inter at the weekend but Babacar also struck during the game against the Nerazzurri and the 21-year-old Senegalese striker is considered, along with wing wizard Bernardeschi, the future of Fiorentina.

Goalkeeper Neto and centre-half Savic are also only 25 and 23, respectively, while Aquilani, though now 30, has proven an inspired signing since arriving from Liverpool two years ago, after loan spells at Juventus and AC Milan.

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