Manchester United could sign Colombia international Fredy Guarin when the transfer window re-opens in January after Inter Milan put the midfielder up for sale. The news will also come as a boost to Chelsea, who have an interest in the South American ace.
The Daily Star cite sources in Italy as claiming that Inter want Guarin off their books in order to reduce their substantial wage bill. The 28-year-old was keen to secure a transfer to Old Trafford in the summer and may now be handed the opportunity to complete his dream move.
Guarin identified as Vidal alternative
The report adds that Guarin, an expert dribbler who often excels in the opponents’ half of the pitch, has been identified by United boss Louis van Gaal as an alternative option for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal.
Doubts persist over the world-class Chile international’s right knee, which underwent surgery prior to the World Cup finals in Brazil, while his questionable off-field behaviour in recent weeks may also have convinced Van Gaal to think twice about shelling out a huge fee for the central midfielder.
Do Man United need Guarin?
Guarin would be a significantly cheaper option, but do Manchester United still require a player of his mould? The Red Devils spent a combined £103 million on Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind in the summer, and all three players have cemented their status as first-team regulars during the opening few months of the season.
Manchester United also have the likes of Michael Carrick, Anderson, Darren Fletcher and the much-maligned Marouane Fellaini - who scored a superb goal in the 2-2 draw against West Brom on Monday night - to call upon.
Because of Guarin’s qualities, Van Gaal might consider him as a potential back-up for United’s first-choice No. 10, Wayne Rooney. However, the 20-time English champions also have Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj - two hugely gifted playmakers - at their disposal.
Van Gaal is a fan
Nevertheless, it’s understood that Van Gaal is an admirer of Guarin, who has scored two goals in five Serie A appearances this season.
Chelsea appear less interested at this stage, possibly because of their fine start to the campaign. Jose Mourinho has a settled side who look capable of challenging for the biggest trophies, both domestically and in Europe, this season - and he will not want to upset the apple cart.
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