Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has switched his transfer attentions to Fredy Guarin after talks to sign Arturo Vidal stalled.
The Dutchman had been heavily linked with a move for the Juventus star in the transfer window, having already signed Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.
Talks going nowhere
However, the Daily Star reports that talks to bring the Chilean to Old Trafford have gone nowhere, and ‘LVG’ has now set his sights on the Inter Milan midfielder instead.
Vidal was hugely impressive at this summer’s World Cup, helping his country to the World Cup knockout rounds before an exit to Brazil. It’s subsequently led to talks over a move to Manchester United, with a £40million-plus-players deal reportedly discussed involving Luis Nani and Javier Hernandez.
However, the Red Devils have failed to make any progress with Juventus over the player, and are now looking to sign another player from Serie ‘A’ in the shape of Guarin.
A 28-year-old who has played for Boca Juniors, Saint-Etienne, Porto and Inter, Guarin offers experience and an eye for a pass - although less threat in-front of goal in comparison to Vidal.
But, ironically, the Old Lady are also keen on the Colombian, with Massimo Allegri eager to add the player to his squad for the new campaign in Italy.
Having watched his Manchester United side lose their season-opener earlier today (Saturday), Van Gaal has subsequently admitted that signings are needed to help strengthen the 2012/13 champions.
Defence would appear to be an area of priority, with three youngsters starting at Old Trafford in the shape of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Tyler Blackett.
It’s midfielders who continue to make the headlines when it comes to the Red Devils’ transfer business however, and either of this pair would help strengthen the cause.
Vidal would appear to be the better option, although more expensive, and without Champions League football to offer Manchester United may need to look elsewhere - as they now appear to be doing so.