Manchester United have struggled their way into a hapless start to the David Moyes era, but adding a midfielder of Fredy Guarin's skill and experience would go a long way to hide the Red Devils' glaring midfield problems.
Being anywhere outside of the top four in the Premier League is a major shocker to reigning champs Manchester United. Falling to ninth place has spurred even more talk about making a big splash in the January transfer window.
The Serie A side are open to selling the Colombia international, who would come with the advantage of being eligible for the last 16 of the Champions League.
Inter are floating a fee of around £15 million (€17.8m) for Guarin, who was part of Porto's undefeated treble-winning side under Andre Villas-Boas before moving to Italy on loan in the 2012 winter window in what became an €11m permanent transfer the following summer.
It's even less of a surprise when you look at what he brings to the table. Not only will Guarin be available to play in the Champions League knockout stage—which very few of Moyes' targets can say—but he fits the bill of a player who can step in and make an immediate impact.
At 27 years of age, Guarin contrasts the average transfer target in that he boasts loads of experience. The midfielder starred on Porto from 2008-2012, and has relished the move to Inter by turning into one of their most important pieces.
He's notched 47 caps for Colombia—a 2014 World Cup squad.
Despite his ever-valuable experience, Guarin's versatility is his best trait and what would make him such a commodity for Moyes off the bat. He's able to hold in a defensive set to thwart opposing possessions as well as push the envelope and make attacking plays for his forwards.
The ability to play formidably on both ends has eluded United's midfield this season. Marouane Fellaini hasn't lived up to the hype, Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick are regressing and Shinji Kagawa has been a non-factor.
Guarin's decent-sized frame (6'1", 175 pounds) mixed with speed and versatility to play from box to box makes him the prototypical midfielder Moyes has needed many of his current pieces to be.
After Inter rejected a Tottenham offer for Guarin last summer, Castles claims that the club is now "open to selling" the Colombian international for his projected £15 million price tag. United would be wise to jump on that as soon as possible.
If there's one reason United are in ninth place—and there are many more reasons than just one—it's the midfield. There hasn't been enough consistency, versatility or offensive creativity from that position, and Guarin could bring in all of those advantages.