Manchester United may turn to Inter Milan’s Fredy Guarin, if they cannot land their first-choice target in the near future.
United have been tracking Arturo Vidal of Juventus for much of the summer so far, but have made slow progress in trying to do a deal for the central midfielder.
It means that Louis van Gaal has begun to look elsewhere for prospective midfield targets and it appears that he has identified Guarin as a potential addition.
The Colombian midfielder could be available this summer as Inter are determined to bring in Jonathan Biabiani from Parma and need to make room for him in their squad.
As such, United are hoping that he could be available at a cut-price as they will hold the upper hand in any negations that are likely to occur.
Van Gaal’s side are known to be on the hunt for a central-midfielder, who has the credentials to play in the Premier League - and Guarin certainly ticks a lot of boxes.
Although he may not have the physical presence that Vidal does, he is tireless in his work-rate and also has a lot of ability going forward.
He is renowned for his long-range shooting and would likely offer good competition for places in a position where United have been short in recent times.
Van Gaal has already brought in Ander Herrera to play in central midfield this summer, but there is a feeling that he wants even more options and Guarin would certainly represent a viable one.
The 28-year-old, who was part of Colombia’s squad which impressed in Brazil at the World Cup this summer, has made 64 appearances over the past two years for Inter Milan and he will be looking to be a mainstay at Old Trafford, too, if he does complete a switch.