Manchester United linked with the ‘next James Rodriguez’

If Manchester United don’t sign James Rodriguez from Porto this summer, Juan Fernando Quintero may be the next best thing.

The Colombian Under-20 superstar has been watched by United scouts since January, when they first spotted him playing at the South America Under-20 Championship.

He’s rated as one of the best midfield talents to come out of the continent in recent times and he would go a long way to solving a midfield problem for United, despite their recent record 20th English championship.

He has been on loan in Serie A with Pescara which gives United their first headache because reports suggest that there is plenty of interest from huge sides in Italy, most notably Juventus and AC Milan.

If that’s the case then it could be more difficult for the English side to convince him to move to the Premier League over moving to one of the bigger sides in a division he’s already experienced in.

The second problem United have to overcome is his close friendship with their other transfer target, James Rodriguez.

If United are in the market for Rodriguez this summer, and there is every chance they could be, then Quintero could end up being put off of a move to Old Trafford for the same reasons that Rodriguez could snub the club.

Of course that’s hypothetical but it’s a possible problem over which United don’t have any control.

United have missed out on some very high profile transfers of similar players in his position, which could make them all the more determined to go after this transfer.

They were not able to compete against Real Madrid who put together a £33 million deal to land Luka Modric from Tottenham Hotspur.

They have also seen some extremely talented midfielders in Oscar, Lucas Piazon and Eden Hazard all go to Stamford Bridge, players who would have a clear role in the current United side.

Sir Alex Ferguson has always shown a great ability to invest in youth, which forms the spine of each United side he has taken from one transition into the next.

Atletico Nacional are not going to let a player like Quintero move on the cheap so it’s going to be an investment more than anything else but United have as good a chance of getting him as any other team.

They have a solid South American presence in their squad already, which means regardless of country rivalries, they should be able to convince a young man to take a gamble with them, so long as there is no problematic interest from bigger clubs.

Do you think he could do a job at United?

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