Gazzetta Dello Sport have run a snippet in their live blog citing James Rodriguez’s interview in Spanish daily AS, claiming that the new Real Madrid player has advised his national team mate and Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado to join Barcelona.
James when asked about Cuadrado’s transfer situation linking him to Barcelona said, “I hope it happens, because he’s a great friend of mine. If he does, it will open the door for other Colombians, because there’ll be several of us at big clubs.”
Cuadrado’s agent Alessandro Lucci has however maintained that there has no contacts made from the Catalan club for his client.
“The Catalan club are represented by serious, professional people who have never expressed that they would like to use such strategies.”
This would come as a welcome boost for Manchester United with English tabloid Independent also reporting that talks between Cuadrado and Barcelona have hit a roadblock.
The report claims that earlier this week Fiorentina’s sporting director Daniele Prade placed a €50 million price tag on the 26 year old Colombian to ward off interest from potential suitors clearly indicating they don’t want to part with their prized asset.