David Moyes’ quest to reinforce the midfield at Old Trafford continues as the labouring champions hope to at last avoid disappointment on the transfer market.
Thiago Alcantara, Sami Khedira, Daniele De Rossi and Ander Herrera are just a few of the names on a star-studded list of broken dreams for United, who opted to sign Marouane Fellaini for £27.5 million on deadline day.
It would be an understatement to say the Belgian has underwhelmed in his new environs, as he’s drawn the ire of supporters for failing to perform and has seen himself dropped from the squad entirely for the last two games against Newcastle and Shakhtar Donetsk.
And though Moyes has claimed Fellaini has missed out do to a bruised back, the truth of the matter is that regardless United need reinforcements in the centre of the park as he’s failed to live up to expectations under his former boss at Everton.
Serie A has always looked an intriguing place for the Mancunians to go on the hunt, having seen advances for Juventus duo Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio rebuffed, and if the latest accounts are to be believed, have identified a prime target.
The Guardian have maintained that Moyes has already dispatched members of his staff to Italy to discuss a deal that would see Inter’s Guarin come to Old Trafford in January.
Further, the report states that the San Siro giants would be willing to allow Guarin to leave for a fee in the region of £15 million, significantly less than the sum paid out for flop Fellaini.
Bringing Guarin could indeed prove to be the shrewd move that has so far eluded Moyes and company in Manchester, as his particular blend of strength and technical skill represents the balance that is so sorely lacking in United’s midfield ranks.
Capable of operating in both advanced and deep-lying roles, the Colombian international has an outstanding work rate and is a true box-to-box presence.
Surging runs forward on his part give way to solid vision in the final third and a ferocious right foot from distance, whilst at the back he’s quite adept at taking the ball off of opponents one-on-one and possesses the necessary pace to recover when beaten.
A midfield engine in its truest form, Guarin isn’t the most elegant of operators in the centre of the park, but brings the steel and drive to the table United’s spine has yet to put on display this term.
Knocked only for being inconsistent at times whilst showing a penchant for ill discipline in more fiery encounters, he certainly isn’t the steadiest performer on the European scene, yet boasts a successful background in having been part of Andre Villas-Boas treble-winning Porto squad in the 2010-11 campaign and isn’t cup-tied with Inter out of Europe this season.
Of course, the final hurdle for Moyes will be convincing the Nerazzurri, who have a new owner who is keen to make a splash in January but extremely conscious of rebuilding the club’s financial health, to sell.
A bid of £15 million wouldn’t see Guarin come cheaply, however wouldn’t be terribly inflated either taking into account United’s needs and what he could offer a side ailing in midfield.
The news that the Red Devils’ manager has already sent emissaries to the peninsula to begin negotiations demonstrates a commitment to securing his services, though United know quite well through recent history that expressing desire just isn’t enough.
Guarin alone can’t solve the club’s troubles as it’s quite clear somewhat of a revolution is needed with the changing times at Old Trafford, but he’d at last be an astute signing that could well prove to be a vital piece of the puzzle that Moyes is so under pressure to complete in a timely fashion.
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