Manchester United linked midfielder wanted at Roma as £35m Kevin Strootman's deputy

Fredy Guarin

Roma want Fredy Guarin from Inter, to help ease the pressure on Kevin Strootman.

Dutch midfield maestro Kevin Strootman is considered unsellable by Roma, despite the huge figures Manchester United are said to be willing to pay for his signature.

Recovering from a torn ACL, Strootman is held in such high regard in Rome that even selling for double the price they paid for him a year ago while on the treatment table is considered a no-go.

That is not stopping them hedging their bets however, and the Giallorossi have their eyes on another midfield player linked to Manchester United in January.

Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin of Inter Milan is on their radar, despite the 27-year-old signing a new contract at the San Siro in March which will take him up until 2017.

Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport write that Roma want Guarin to effectively be a deputy for Strootman and provide them with greater options.

This would be a wise move because the expectation on the Dutchman will be high, and recovering from a serious injury like he has suffered is not easy, not to reach the peak form and match fitness he was in.

Players recovering from ACL's often pick up minor injuries like muscle strains after coming back, and Guarin could see plenty of action in place of or alongside Strootman.

Despite his new deal at Inter, Guarin has yet to win over sections of the club's support, and after signing his extension he played just 56 minutes across four matches across April and May.

At the right offer the Nerazurri are likely to be open to a deal, but if he arrives in Rome, don't expect it to signify an impending Kevin Strootman departure, because his arrival would be aimed at bringing the best out of the Dutchman instead.

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