Manchester United face Italian tussle for Colombian starlet

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Manchester United are battling with a host of Europe’s biggest clubs to land Colombian starlet Juan Fernando Quintero.

A report in the Daily Star claims Sir Alex Ferguson is eyeing up a move for the 19-year-old midfielder, but may struggle to beat Serie A side Inter Milan to his signature as he stated it is a club he admires.

Although Quintero voiced his preference for a switch to Inter, the Old Trafford club will be encouraged by the fact he insists he is open to moving elsewhere, despite having a particular liking for the Nerazzuri.

“I like Inter better because it has many South Americans. And in Italy I'm happy," he reportedly told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“It is clear that I would not say no to other good teams. I think big: Manchester, Milan, Juventus ... I will decide with my family and Calleri, my agent.”

Quintero only moved to Italy from his native country in July of last year, joining newly-promoted Pescara from Envigado.

The report in the Daily Star claims Manchester United would have to pay in the region £8million to land a midfielder that has shown no teething problems in adapting to football in a new country.

Any January move would have to be put on hold until the end of the month as Quintero is currently representing Colombia in the South American Under-20 championships

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