Fredy Guarin came to the attention of many English football fans when he was linked first with Tottenham Hotspur and later Chelsea.
But rather than end up in England, it seemed the Colombian midfielder would instead move from Inter Milan to Juventus, with the news yesterday of the rather bizarre swap-deal involving him and Mirko Vucinic.
Vucinic had himself been linked with both Spurs and Arsenal in recent times – such is the nature of the transfer window – but to Inter he was heading, until reported fan reaction and the intervention of Inter president Erick Thohir stopped the deal in its tracks.
So what now for the two players involved? Well Vucinic still appears to have plenty of options – with a move to England potentially back on the table – while Guarin – who has been going here-there-and-everywhere and yet remains exactly where he was – is now being linked to Rafael Benitez’s Napoli.
A report on Wednesday morning from Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims the ex-Chelsea boss is keen to bring the former Porto man in, and could take advantage of the recent confusion to make his move.
One thing is for certain: Guarin’s is one of the most bizarre stories of this otherwise uninspiring window.
Still, they say it only takes one deal to spark everything into life. And there is still time for that to happen.
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