Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin's representatives reportedly flew to London this afternoon for talks with both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur officials over a big-money move to England in January.
The Colombian powerhouse is thought to have attracted the attention of both Premier League giants with Inter willing to sell, in part to fund an extensive shake-up of their squad over the next 12 months under new ownership.
United have been keeping tabs on the enforcer for some time and held talks with Inter directors Marco Branca, Piero Ausilio and Guarin’s agent Marcelo Ferreyra at a secret location in the capital earlier today, according to Calcionews24.
Guarin is a player more than familiar to Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas thanks to their successful spell together at Porto, which led to Tottenham also taking a meeting to weigh up the possibility of a future bid.
Inter are thought to want at least £15m before sanctioning any sale, citing Guarin's availability for the Champions League as further justification for that valuation.
The 27-year-old cost Inter around £9m when he made a loan move to the San Siro permanent last summer, proving a versatile option in midfield comfortable operating from box-to-box.
Despite interest from Spurs the Red Devils remain favourites to make Guarin a Premier League player when the transfer window opens next month, as their search for creative impetus in midfield gathers pace.