The Colombian, who joined Inter in 2012 from Portuguese side Porto, has recently been the subject of reported interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs, with a three way tussle now expected ahead of the January transfer window.
27 year old Guarin originally moved to the San Siro in a loan deal in January 2012, but completed a €13.5m move after a successful loan spell. After more impressive displays, Guarin has attracted interest from a number of teams – including Tottenham, where his former Porto manger Andre Villas-Boas is still looking to improve his squad at White Hart Lane.
However, Villas-Boas spent a lot of money in the summer, including the signings of Etienne Capoue and Paulinho to solidify the central midfield area. With Inter reportedly looking for at least £15m for Guarin, Villas-Boas would be better off spending the money in other areas of the field, such as centre back, left back or on another striker – despite Roberto Soldado's hat-trick against Anzhi Makhachkala last night.
At Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho has been forced to play the likes of Frank Lampard and Ramires in front of the back four, whilst Michael Essien isn't the player he was during Mourinho's first spell in West London. The Blues could certainly stand to add a more natural holding midfielder, and have been linked with Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira in recent times. Ramires has also been linked with a move to Real Madrid, so Mourinho may be forced into the transfer market to sign another midfielder. The strength and power of Guarin make him a prime candidate.
But maybe the most central midfielder-needy team are Manchester United, who still need help in the area despite spending £27.5m on Marouane Fellaini in September. Guarin is a powerful midfielder who can score from range, whereas United may well need a more creative central midfield player to supply the frontline. £15m is a fair chunk of David Moyes' transfer budget, and it's money that could be spent on somebody like Ander Herrera in the January transfer window.
With Guarin expected to be a key player for Colombia at next summer's World Cup, expect teams to move for him now rather than risk other teams becoming interested after the World Cup, or his displays increasing his price tag. With all things considered, it seems that Chelsea may be the best fit for Guarin, but don't be surprised to see Spurs or United make moves for the Inter star.
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