Chelsea and Manchester United have both been linked with a January transfer for Fredy Guarin, but last night he had important business to attend to.
The Colombian was involved from the start for Inter Milan against rivals AC Milan, and played an important role in his side's victory.
The two sides were separated by a cheeky backheeled goal from Rodrigo Palacio, assisted by Guarin with a cross from the edge of box.
It was the one key pass Guarin made all game, with him playing in an attacking midfield role further forward than he would normally.
This affected his passing game in general, completing a poor 56 per cent of his passes, down on his 73 per cent average in Serie A this season.
There were aspects of his game however where he excelled. Guarin made six successful tackles - the joint highest of any player on the pitch, matched only by Milan defender Mattia de Sciglio.
He also made two interceptions, the highest of any Inter midfielder. He was in the thick of the action, fouled five times and committed seven himself.
It was a display which summed up exactly what United and Chelsea would be getting for their £15 million:
A midfielder capable of influencing tight games, but also one who does not shy away from the action. He is a player with limitations, but he could just be an upgrade for either side, for Chelsea with regard to Jon Obi Mikel, and United their summer signing Marouane Fellaini.
You can check out Palacio's goal and Guarin's assist below:
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