Chelsea and Manchester United could be set to miss out on midfield target Fredy Guarin this month.
According to the Daily Mail, Inter Milan will offer the midfielder as part of a potential deal to sign Southampton frontman Dani Osvaldo. The same reports claim that the Serie A outfit remain keen to sign the Italian, despite having denied interest in the former Roma man.
27-year-old Guarin joined Inter from Porto in May 2012 after a successful four-month loan stint at the San Siro and has impressed with his dynamic attacking displays for Walter Mazzarri's side.
Such displays appear to have attracted attention from the Premier League, with both Manchester United and Chelsea having both been linked with moves for the Colombian international.
Reports last month suggested that David Moyes and Manchester United had identified Guarin as a potential January recruit, with Inter believed to be looking to exploit such interest in order to pursue a deal for Javier Hernandez.
Such a deal did not materialise at Old Trafford, however, and it is Jose Mourinho's Chelsea who appeared to have moved into pole position into signing Guarin this winter, with the Blues reportedly having held talks over a £12.5 million deal for the versatile playmaker.
Although Chelsea do not appear particular short on attacking midfield options at present, Mourinho could well have his hand forced with the futures of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Juan Mata remaining somewhat unclear.
It looks like it could be Southampton who have the upperhand now, howeverm with Inter seemingly intent on boosting their attack with the signing of a player who has struggled to adapt to the Premier League since his arrival from Roma in August.