Manchester United Transfer News: Fredy Guarin Door Opens, Latest on Daley Blind

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2014

Colombia's player Fredy Guarin smiles after talking with the press on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Colombia's national soccer team is in Argentina training for the Brazil 2014 World Cup that starts in June. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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Manchester United have been offered a huge boost in their enquiries about the availability of Inter Milan's Fredy Guarin, with the Italian club now willing to sell the midfielder.

Chisanga Malata of the Daily Star highlights that Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport believes Inter are willing to transfer the Colombian to make space for Parma ace Jonathan Biabiany.

United had been in pursuit of Juventus superstar Arturo Vidal, but it is believed Louis van Gaal has major concerns over the player's fitness after a major injury.

Vidal's international manager Jorge Sampaoli was recently quoted by Chile newspaper El Mercurio (h/t the Daily Telegraphsaying: “The problem in Vidal’s transfer from Juventus to Manchester United for $80 million is the doubt that Van Gaal has with respect to the improvement of Arturo’s knee.”

However, Malata says Juve themselves will challenge United for the services of Guarin, with new manager Massimo Allegri keen to add the player to his squad.

United are also in talks over the capture of Nigel de Jong from AC Milan, as per David Craddock of, and both he and Guarin would represent much more economical options for the Red Devils—a point that may appeal to the Glazer family. 

The 28-year-old Guarin made 32 appearances in Inter's midfield in Serie A last season, as per, scoring four times and assisting on six occasions. 

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He is an industrious midfielder with a touch of flair, but he has had trouble with the consistency of his performance.

But LvG's use of a 5-3-2 would suit his game, and he would form a useful partnership with Ander Herrera—giving United superiority in possession and having two individuals who can unlock a defence with a pass.

Sports writer Adam Durack recently tweeted his thoughts about Guarin arriving at Old Trafford, saying he is a viable alternative to Vidal:

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 03:  Daley Blind of Ajax looks on after the 19th Johan Cruijff Shield match between Ajax Amsterdam and PEC Zwolle at the Amsterdam ArenA on August 3, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Imag
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Another possible midfield recruit for United is Daley Blind of Ajax, whom Joe Bernstein of the Daily Mail says the club wish to complete a deal for in the coming days.

Bernstein also says Van Gaal is likely to allow Marouane Fellaini and Anderson to depart during the transfer window, thus making space for new recruits in his midfield.

Blind is very capable at wing-back as well, making his versatility one of his major selling points to LvG.

Guarin and Blind would be excellent captures for the Red Devils as they look to strengthen their squad for the busy season ahead. Guarin is a talented individual who has the box-to-box attributes United have missed for many years. He is a better player than Anderson and would be an upgrade on the erratic Brazilian. 

Blind showed at the World Cup he is a very exciting prospect, and Van Gaal knows exactly how to make him perform. United need midfield cover as their squad options are light, but with the tactical move to playing wing-backs, Blind's signing would represent clever business.