MANCHESTER UNITED are hopeful they can complete the signing of Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado before the start of the season after it emerged that his club will let the wing-back leave for £36million.

Louis Van Gaal is desperate the add the versatile right-sider to his ranks as he looks to implement an audacious 3-5-2 formation in the Premier League.

A number of stars including Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez look set to depart Old Trafford shortly, and the Dutchman is determined to bolster his ranks by beating Barcelona to Cuadrado's signature.

United have already submitted an offer of £32million for the 26-year-old's services, but Serie A outfit Fiorentina are adamant he won't be sold for anything less than £36million.