Too late now if Manchester United were serious about Colombian starlet

Colombian wonderkid Juan Quintero has joined FC Porto

At the start of May, not long before Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from the game, Manchester United were linked with a move for Colombian youngster Juan Quintero.

It was the culmination of several reports throughout the season linking United to the 20-year-old attacking midfielder; who had been impressive at Italian outfit Pescara.

Originally signed on loan at the Serie A side he made the deal permanent later in the season but with Pescara finishing bottom of the league he had no desire to play in Serie B and the club wanted to cash in on his obvious talents.

Manchester United were at one point even considered the favourites to snap him up at the end of the season. That was before interest picked up from Italy. The likes of Udinese, Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan, Lazio and AC Milan were all linked with a move for the playmaker and at the start of last month it was reported that United had lost out to the player.

Genoa and Pescara had reportedly agreed a co-ownership deal for the player worth €5 million.

But that has now also proved to be false; and finally the rumours can stop for this player.

After impressing on the global stage at this summer’s World Under-20 Championships in Turkey the interest in the player once again ramped up and yesterday he finally got the move he wanted.

Juan Quintero has become the latest Colombian talent to decide on a move to FC Porto.

The Portuguese side have previously had the likes of Radamel Falcao and Fredy Guarin under their tutelage; whilst Jackson Martinez is their current Colombian star.

Now Quintero’s name can be added to that list and he seems pleased:

"I always wanted to come to this club. I come here with great hopes of winning titles.

"I am very happy, for this is an important step in my career. Now my main concern is working hard every day." 

Now United must hope he doesn’t have as big an impact as Porto’s most famous Colombian son or they may rue not pursuing their interest.

Here he is scoring a screamer at the U-20 World Cup…

image: © chilangoco

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