Manchester United and Arsenal target Juan Quintero finally 100% owned by Porto after 18-month wrangle

Juan Quintero

Juan Fernando Quintero was previously 50% owned by Pescara.

Colombian playmaker Juan Fernando Quintero has long been a player linked with a move to the Premier League.

Whilst he was with Pescara in Italy he caught the eye of Manchester United. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was said to be a massive fan and they chased his signature throughout 2013.

In the end they missed out, with Quintero joining FC Porto, Manchester United did not get their man.

Then Arsenal reportedly had a crack. It was reported in July, mainly through erroneous reports in his Colombian homeland, that they were ready to meet his £15.8 million price-tag and snap him up much to the ire of United fans.

This link was swiftly dismissed by Arsene Wenger.

Since then Quintero has plodded along in Portugal, not doing much sensational, but not exactly becoming a flop either.

But he must have impressed Porto enough, as they have just, finally, completed his full signature. He was only 50 per cent owned by the Portuguese giants, with the other half still owned by Pescara.

They paid a fee of €4.5 million to acquire the other half of his playing rights, meaning they spent €9.5 million in total on the player.

Any talk of a move to United or Arsenal now seems highly unlikely for the player but it is good to see he finally has his long term future sewn up at Porto.

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