The Red Devils’ interest comes off the back of a fine season in Serie A, which saw the versatile winger claim eleven goals and five assists in 32 league outings for current club Fiorentina.
The 26 year-old has carried that form into the World Cup, with four assists in four matches – currently the most of any player at Brazil 2014.
Cuadrado is best known for his mixture of blistering pace and unorthodox technique, which would certainly address Manchester United’s desperate need for added quality out wide.
But charged with the task of reclaiming the Premier League title in his first season with a £200million spending war chest, it’s unlikely the South American will be Louis van Gaal’s final acquisition of the summer.
With that in mind, here’s a list of SIX players who could follow Cuadrado to Old Trafford. Some inspired by his arrival, others more coincidental.
Juan Cuadrado could soon find himself joined at Old Trafford by Colombian compatriot James Rodrgiuez.
The 22 year-old forward’s impeccable displays have been one of the major talking points of the World Cup thus far, with his five goals in four appearances topping the tournament’s scoring charts…
Including this wonder-strike against Uruguay in the round of 16…
Rodrgiuez showed strong form at club level for Monaco last term too, following his €45million move from Porto last summer…
Here’s a short clip of him in action for the Ligue 1 big-spenders:
Rodriguez’s agent has wasted no time in stirring up further interest in his client…
James Roriguez’s agent has once again reiterated that several clubs are interested in the playmaker, including Napoli http://t.co/tsty7Iv7qr
— footballitalia (@footballitalia) July 2, 2014
But recent speculation suggests Barcelona and Real Madrid remain his likeliest transfer destinations…
— Goal UK (@GoalUK) June 29, 2014
Another winger hotly tipped with a Red Devils switch this summer is Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria.
An unexpected transition into a more central role saw the Argentina international finish up as La Liga’s top creator last season, as seen below…
Here’s a short clip of his best bits from Los Blancos’ European title campaign…
And the 26 year-old netted this late strike against Switzerland to secure Albiceleste a spot in the World Cup quarter-finals…
Rather surprisingly, Spanish publication El Confidential believe Real are prepared to sell the midfielder this summer to make way for new recruits…
El Confidencial: Real Madrid wants to raise €100m from the sales of Di Maria, Morata, and Sami Khedira to fund moves for new signings (1/5)
— Transfer Central TNC (@TransferNewsCen) July 4, 2014
And the Daily Star have gone on to claim Di Maria has been offered to the Red Devils…
Manchester United have been offered Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria, 26, for £40m. (Daily Star)
— Transfer Centre (@CentreTransfer) July 4, 2014
Manchester United’s desperate need for added depth at centre-back could thrust them towards another Colombian international – defensive prodigy and Football Manager legend, Eder Balanta.
The 21 year-old has thoroughly impressed since his debut for River Plate in 2012, making 30 appearances since while muscling his way into Los Cafeteros’ senior squad.
He’s described on FIFA’s website as “left-footed, powerfully built, strong in the air and a fearless tackler … blessed with skill and speed.” Here’s a short clip of Balanta in action:
And as previously stated, he’s a beast on Football Manager…
— Daylami (@firdaylami) December 28, 2013
But the Red Devils will have to act quickly, with PSG and err… West Ham… reportedly eying moves for the £6million-rated South American…
— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) July 3, 2014
West Ham plot transfer of Colombian Eder Balanta from River Plate: The young defender is being watched by a… http://t.co/IQlAy14N1L
— Football-News (@Bot_Football) June 21, 2014
Another centre-back known to have caught Carrington attention is Mats Hummels, with the Metro claiming United are planning a final £20million bid for the Borussia Dortmund star.
— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) July 1, 2014
A correspondant from the Daily Express has further backed up the claims…
Express Man United correspondent Richard Tanner to talkSPORT: “(Mats) Hummels is (United’s) no. 1 target but I don’t think he wants to come”
— Transfer Central TNC (@TransferNewsCen) July 3, 2014
Measuring in at 6 foot 4 and averaging five successful aerial duels per match this season, the Borussia Dortmund centre-back is a formidable force in the air. He netted this bullet header against Portugal during Germany’s opening World Cup fixture:
But the 33-cap international is better known for his ability to play out of the back and link-up with midfield, often leading to comparisons with Mannschaft legend Franz Beckenbauer, best represented by these attacking and passing statistics:
Here’s a vid showing Hummels’ impressive all-round game:
The 25 year-old two-time Bundesliga winner represents the right balance between age, quality and experience from United’s point of view.
But Hummels had previously denounced speculation that he plans to leave Westfalen this summer..
— ManUtd Bulletin (@MUFCBulletin) June 17, 2014
A third (and final) Colombia star said to be on the United radar is Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin.
Manchester United are readying an official bid for Fredy Guarin. #MUFC (Tuttosport)
— TransferScoop (@TransferScoop) June 15, 2014
The 28 year-old was strongly linked with a Premier League switch in January, with Chelsea reported as his likeliest suitors, but a move never materialised.
Guarin is a fine physical specimen with considerable impact in the final third, as shown below…
the 6 foot 2 South American is seen as an ideal candidate to add some much-needed dynamism to the Red Devils’ midfield. Here’s a short clip for the former Porto star in action:
Guarin is rated at around £18million by the tabloids, but he’s been lined up as Arturo Vidal’s potential replacement at Juventus.
According to the Metro, the Red Devils are planning to snap up Barcelona winger/forward Alexis Sanchez from the hands of his two Premier League suitors…
Manchester United ‘set to hijack’ Arsenal and Liverpool moves for Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez http://t.co/zXjp16RqI5
— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) July 4, 2014
The Chile international was in strong form last season, notching 21 goals and 15 assists in all competitions, including this wonder-strike against Atletico Madrid in La Liga…
But the feeling at the Nou Camp is that the 25 year-old hasn’t progressed as expected following his move from Udinese in 2011, and he will resultantly be thrown on the scrapheap this summer.
Boasting a mixture of tica-taca technique, positional flexibility, raw athleticism and netting prowess, Sanchez has a lot to offer the Red Devils in the final third. Here’s a collection of the South American’s best strikes during his three-year Barca stay…
But a swap deal for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez’ remains a possible scenario…
— Barclays League (@BarclaysLeague) July 1, 2014