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Real Madrid's star summer signing James Rodriguez is hoping Manchester United and Arsenal target Juan Cuadrado joins Barcelona this summer.

Fiorentina's versatile player has been linked with a move away from his current employers, with several clubs after his signature. United, Arsenal and Barcelona are keen on securing a deal for the Colombian World Cup star.

Rodriguez believes a switch to Camp Nou from the Serie A for Cuadrado will open the door for other Colombian players to join top clubs in Europe.

"I hope it happens [move to Barcelona], 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," Rodriguez told the Spanish newspaper AS.

The 26-year-old could leave Fiorentina after the Italian club's president Andrea Della Vallea admitted that it would be difficult for the Serie A outfit to hold on to their star player. Cuadrado's impressive form in the summer tournament in Brazil has seen several clubs being linked in signing him.

Rodriguez had a brilliant run during the World Cup in Brazil, which saw him attract interest from Real. The former Porto signed for the Champions League winners after leaving AS Monaco last month.

The Spanish capital club are also rumoured to be interested in Monaco star Radamel Falcao as the 10-time European champions look to bolster their strike force for the new campaign. Rodriguez is hopeful that his compatriot could leave the Ligue 1 outfit in order to join Real in the ongoing transfer window.

"I'm sure he [Falcao] could play here. But it's not up to me to decide if he comes or not. That's a decision for the president. He has the quality and the winning attitude to be here," the former Monaco midfielder said.

"I've been playing alongside him for four years. We were only apart when he went to Atleti. He's got a winning attitude, and that's what Madrid wants. Hopefully he can come," Rodriguez concluded.