Manchester United have been handed a boost in their chase for Inter Milan star Fredy Guarin, as reported by the Daily Star.
The Colombian international has been consistently linked with a move to the Premier League since the summer, with the expectation that he will depart the San Siro being persistent throughout the transfer window.
The club that were supposedly most interested in him were Manchester United, with Louis van Gaal believed to be particularly interested in the midfielder.
Van Gaal supposedly saw the 28 year old as a perfect alternative to Juventus star Arturo Vidal, who was consistently difficult to sign.
In fact, Guarin was so keen to make the switch to Old Trafford that he reportedly rejected a switch to Zenit St Petersburg from Inter.
The move never went through, however.
Man Utd have been given a boost in their chase though, with sources in Italy suggesting that Inter are keen to sell him in order to reduce their huge wage bill.
Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin has declared his happiness to stay at the Italian giants, despite being consistently linked with a move to Manchester United this summer, as reported by the Daily Express.
The Colombian international midfielder was frequently said to be on the cusp of a bid from Man Utd, but the transfer window has now shut and there is no chance that the midfielder will be able to move until the January window opens.
He said: “The people who needed to do something to keep me here did so – and by that I mean everyone, from the club to the fans.
“Now it’s up to me to prove my worth. They helped me and now I have to help myself.
“What’s in the past is in the past. We have a new group of players now and a coach who is really hungry and determined – he shows us players that constantly.
“I’m here and ready to show put my skills to use on the pitch, just as he does it off the pitch.”
The Old Trafford club have improved significantly elsewhere, with additions also taking place in the centre of midfield, making a future move for Guarin less likely. They added Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria for a significant combined fee this summer.
Despite the additions, Man Utd have struggled thus far this season. Louis van Gaal has not won a single competitive fixture since taking over from David Moyes, and his side fell to a humbling 4-0 loss against MK Dons in the second round of the League Cup.
Fredy Guarin, who has been consistently linked with a move to Chelsea and Manchester United this summer, looks like he will not be on the move from Inter Milan this summer after his agent denied any interest in the player departing the San Siro, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Guarin, who has also been interesting the winners of last year’s Champions League, Real Madrid, had been said to be keen on a move away from the San Siro ahead of the new season. An intended transfer to the winners of last season’s Scudetto, Juventus, fell apart in January, leaving Guarin to be supposedly unsettled at Inter Milan.
His agent, Marcelo Ferreyra, has, however, said that the Colombian international is fine with his life at Inter and has no immediate intention of pushing through a move.
Ferreyra said: “I want to make it clear that Guarin never requested a transfer.
“Fredy is happy at Inter, always has been and will continue to be. We are absolutely not thinking about the transfer market.
“Fredy has everything he wants at Inter and has no need to go elsewhere. From what I hear, the offers were received by Inter. Walter Mazzarri will get the best out of him, just as he did last year.”
Having signed a contract extension in March, keeping him at Inter until 2017, it now seems as though the midfield playmaker, said to be available for only £12 million, will remain in Italy for the foreseeable future.