Manchester United could still sign Colombian wonderkid

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Speculated Manchester United target Juan Quintero could still be up for grabs.

Juan Quintero was the last player to be linked with Manchester United prior to Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement as manager.

The change-over in management seemed to see the Colombian slip through the net, with a deal agreed in principle for his signature.

He had been on loan at Pescara, relegated to Serie B last season, since January from Atletico Nacional in his homeland.

In May it was announced that Pescara and Genoa had agreed a deal in principle to purchase 50 per cent of his rights each for a combined €4 million, with the latter set to take his registration for next season.

Now it has been reported by Gazzetta dello Sport that Quintero's impressive performances at the under-20 World Cup in Turkey are threatening the deal.

It is claimed that Genoa could be asked to pay around €8 million, a fee they may be unable to stretch to.

Quintero netted a wonderful free-kick in the build-up to the tournament against France, and hit the winner over hosts Turkey in the group stages to seal a 1-0 victory.

The reports in Italy suggest that Porto, Lokomotiv Moscow and Besiktas are all hovering and ready to make a move should Genoa not be able to pay an improved asking price.

If Manchester United's interest remains, which given their long-standing scouting of him during the South American under-20 campaign earlier this year, there is every chance they are monitoring developments.

Their hopes of landing him are not dead by any means, and as he continues to impress at the tournament in Turkey there is even more chance of him continuing to catch their eye.

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