Manchester United’s decision not to move for Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin may have had a knock-on effect which decided the futures of both Fabio Borini and Mohamed Salah.
According to the Daily Express the Serie A giants had both Borini and Salah in their sights and were lining up deadline day negotiations with their respective clubs - Liverpool and Chelsea.
However it’s said that their inability to offload Guarin ultimately put paid to their hopes of acquiring Premier League talent, with United opting not to move for the Colombian despite their failure to convince Juventus to sell Arturo Vidal.
United’s interest in Guarin
For Van Gaal’s apparent long-running interest in Guarin was based around the idea that he could be an adequate alternative to Vidal, who looked destined to remain in Turin past the end of the transfer window for a number of months. Whilst the Chile international was on the market for close to €50 million his Inter counterpart was considerably cheaper, reportedly being available for as little as £10 million.
The 28-year-old has plenty of experience at the top level of the game and his ability to both sit deep and press on into forward positions would have no doubt pushed him onto Van Gaal’s short-list when it came to finding a partner for new-boy Ander Herrera. Yet in the end the Dutchman failed to firm up his intent with a formal offer, regardless of the fact Inter seem to be keen to sell.
The knock-on effect
And the effect of Van Gaal’s decision can be seen far further afield than Old Trafford, with it potentially hindering the plans of both Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers. First and foremost Guarin remaining at the San Siro appears to have put to bed the chance of Borini leaving Anfield to return to Italy, with the 23-year-old now resigned to spending the next few months competing with Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge.
The Italian forward was said to be close to a move to QPR before the deadline last night, only for Harry Redknapp and Co. to pull the plug on the deal due to the wages Borini was after. A switch to Inter therefore would have been something of a saving grace, with Rodgers eager to free up space on his roster and the player desperate to get himself first-team football.
Then there’s Salah’s move, which was also scuppered as a result of Van Gaal’s transfer actions. Chelsea are repeat offenders when it comes to buying in promising talent and loaning them out to teams on the continent in order to give them proper experience, and it makes sense to assume Mourinho saw Inter as the ideal outfit to aid Salah’s development.