Manchester United have been boosted in their pursuit of Fredy Guarin as his club Inter Milan are ready to offload him this summer in order to make space for an alternative target.
The Daily Express cite reports from Italy as claiming the Serie A side are keen to cash in on the Colombia international and that Old Trafford scouts have been keeping tabs on him as one of their summer options.
It claims new boss Louis van Gaal is keen to add more energy to his midfield and that he and his staff at Manchester United have been mightily impressed with Guarin’s ability to play the box-to-box role that is required in the system Dutchman is introducing at the Premier League giants.
Not first choice
Unfortunately for Guarin, it appears as though he is wanted but only as an alternative, more pressing, targets. The report claims Inter Milan boss Walter Mazzarri wants rid of the 28-year-old so he can make space for Parma winger Jonathan Biabiany.
Meanwhile, it claims Manchester United’s top two targets are the star midfielders at Inter’s Serie A rivals Juventus. Van Gaal hopes he can land one of Arturo Vidal or Paul Pogba ahead of Guarin, but is prepared to go for him if those two deals do not materialise.
Ambitious top plans
Moves for Vidal and Pogba have been mooted earlier this season, with the former being heavily linked with an Old Trafford switch for much of the summer transfer window.
Sums being bandied around in reports regarding moves for Vidal or Pogba have not been insignificant and pulling either off would require a great deal of work, so it is entirely likely that Van Gaal and the Manchester United moneymen could be looking for an alternative late in the window.
The Old Trafford club are expected to make a number of changes when they get back to training at Carrington after the US tour, as Van Gaal has already admitted he will inform players of his intentions for their futures at the club.
A number of departures would not be surprising from a squad that finished seventh in the Premier League last season and has looked short on quality, as well as motivation. Several experienced players have left this summer and replacing the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Ryan Giggs on the pitch will be no easy task.
Guarin’s situation means that he is unlikely to be a costly acquisition, though he would also also likely only be a squad player were he to arrive at Old Trafford.