Manchester United planning £18m bid for Fredy Guarin

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has identified Fredy Guarin as a midfield marvel capable of filling a void in that position and Red Devils chiefs are reportedly react to make that interest concrete with an £18m offer over the next few weeks.

Guarin has been consistently linked with a move to the Premier League over the last six months, although he very nearly joined Inter Milan's Serie A rivals Juventus in a swap deal involving striker Mirko Vucinic in January.

The 27-year-old ended up committing his long-term future to Inter but United remain interested regardless, with The Mirror reaffirming Corriere dello Sport's report this morning that a long-term Chelsea target could now end up joining their title rivals from the North West.

United are definitely in the market for one if not two new central midfielders this summer, as Van Gaal begins the enormous task of rebuilding at Old Trafford following the club's worst campaign in Premier League history.

That search has extended to Serie A and will see United test Inter's resolve with a big bid for their star man this summer, which despite the Nerazzurri's favourable financial position will likely be enough to secure his signature.

Inter are themselves currently in the midst of a drastic squad overhaul in search of success next season, which mean Guarin and every other regular first-team star's position is under threat.

Juve are still believed to retain an interest in the box-to-box playmaker, who is at the World Cup with Colombia but missed the opening match against Greece yesterday through suspension.

United will be hoping that Guarin's price tag doesn't rocket based on his displays in South America over the next few weeks now that ban has lifted, with Red Devils fans getting their next chance to watch the ace on Thursday when Colombia come up against the Ivory Coast.

There is no doubt that the former Premier League champions need an injection of pace, energy and physical strength in the middle of the park, all qualities Guarin is lucky enough to possess.

Guarin is primarily a forward-thinking player though, as statistics of four goals and nine assists in Serie A last season show.

United have plenty of attacking midfielders in their star-studded if under-performing squad though, which means Van Gaal may well have plans to utilize Guarin in a deeper role than he's become accustomed to for club and country.

Red Devils fans are desperately waiting for United to follow Chelsea and Liverpool's lead in the transfer market and bring new additions to the Theatre of Dreams, although with Guarin under contract at the Theatre of Dreams until 2017 that wait looks likely to continue for now.

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