Manchester United step up £15m Guarin pursuit

David Moyes has sent representatives to Italy to discuss a potential January transfer, with the Colombian eligible to play in the last 16 of the Champions League
By Duncan Castles

David Moyes has stepped up his attempt to recruit Fredy Guarin by sending representatives to Italy to discuss a potential January transfer to Manchester United, Goal can reveal.

By Simone Gambino | Goal Italy

Guarin is considered one of Inter's main players by Mazzarri and Thohir but there are no 'unsellable' players at the Nerazzurri. The new chairman has already explained that selling financial assets will be one of his key strategies and, for that reason, he might consider big offers even for players who are considered important. A move would also be possible if Inter lose contact withthe  top teams in Serie A, with the Champions League spot a real target for them this term.
Inter are open to selling the versatile midfielder, who would come with the advantage of being eligible for the last 16 of the Champions League.

Capable of playing as a holding, box-to-box, or creative midfielder, Guarin would offer Moyes tactical options in an area that has proved particularly problematic during a troubled initiation as United manager.

With his new team languishing 13 points and eight places behind Premier League leaders Arsenal, the Scot is pushing United's board on a mid-season squad restructure.

Inter are floating a fee of around £15 million for Guarin, who was part of Porto's undefeated treble-winning side under Andre Villas-Boas before moving to Serie A in the 2012 winter window in what became an €11m [£9m] transfer the following summer.

This close-season, Tottenham looked at bringing the 27-year-old to White Hart Lane, with Goal revealing the north Londoners failed with a £15.3m bid prior to reinforcing their midfield with Paulinho and Etienne Capoue instead.

United have a large reserve available for transfers, having worked unsuccessfully to bring one of Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale to Old Trafford in the last window.

Moyes, though, is under a degree of pressure to recruit well, having already pushed the club to overspend on Marouane Fellaini on his first deadline day at the club.

Guarin's contract at Inter runs until 2016. His agent recently declined to comment publicly on United's efforts to sign except to state that "David Moyes appreciates him".