Manchester United have opened talks with Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin, suggesting that their move for Arturo Vidal has stalled, according to the Daily Star.
The agent of Guarin, who can play in the centre or right of midfield, has been in Milan today attempting to sort out a deal for his client, who has attracted a host of clubs across the continent.
The Colombian has been included in Inter's Europa League tie against Stjarnan FC, but appears to be heading towards the exit.
No more Vidal?
If the rumours of a move for Guarin are to be believed, it could be the biggest sign yet that Vidal is not on his way to Manchester.
The Chilean has also been linked with a whole host of clubs across the continent this window, most noticeably so United, but a move for Guarin could well signal the end.
With Vidal being 27, there is seemingly a reluctance from those at Old Trafford to commit to the £45 million buy out clause, for someone who, in three years would have little-to-no sell on fee.
However, fans have been screaming out for someone to lift the spirits around the club, and its unlikely a move for Guarin would have the same effect as Vidal.
Do a job?
Guarin is no shabby player though. His performances during a somewhat dark period for Inter has led to many clubs now vying for his signature.
However United don't particularly need someone 'to do a job' at this moment in time.
After claiming that his team's confidence was 'shattered' after their defeat to Swansea, Vidal would bring some confidence to the side that Guarin just wouldn't do.
In recent years, United have had a pretty poor return in the transfer market. Quite often we see excitement brewing on social media websites, when big names such as Cesc Fabregas, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller are all linked with the club, only for nothing to materialise in the long run.
If he were to leave, and the bookmakers agree with me, United will be his only destination, but that move is as on and off as any you will see this window.