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Colombian midfielder dreams of playing in Manchester

by Tom Parker

Highly rated Juan Quintero, who is currently on loan at Serie ‘A’ side Pescara, today revealed his desire to play in Manchester, amid reports linking the midfielder to Manchester United.

Quintero, also linked to Italian powerhouses Juventus and Inter Milan, has admitted to being keen on a “dream” move to England when recently speaking with Gazetto Dello Sport.

He said: “I like Inter because there are a lot of South Americans and I like Italy, but it’s obvious, I won’t say no to other top teams.”

“I dream Milan, Juventus, Manchester. I will choose with my family and my agent. I’m fine at Pescara, I like the fans and there my child Maria Josè was born.”

The 19-year-old made his debut for Colombia in September this year, after impressing for both Atletico National and Pescara.

Quintero is often compared with fellow countryman James Rodriguez and the diminutive playmaker shares a number of traits with his international team-mate with both being left footed and exceptional dribblers.

However, the Colombian prefers to operate in a much deeper role than Rodriguez and often plays as a deep-lying playmaker for Pescara where he has made 12 appearances, scoring once.

His performances for the Serie ‘A’ outfit have led to plaudits from many and he has a number of known admirers with Lazio, Napoli, Juventus and both Milan clubs rumoured to be interested.

When asked about his preferred position, Quintero told Gazetto: “My favourite role is trequartista, but I have to grow and keep working.

“My idol is Rivaldo. When I was kid I always wanted to see him playing at Barcelona, Milan and Olympiakos.”

Quintero, who stands at just 5”7, is just one of a number of midfielders United have been linked with in recent weeks with Kevin Strootman and Hector Herrera also strongly linked with a move to the club.

Whether Quintero is the type of midfielder United require is perhaps questionable as many fans would certainly favour a tough-tackling, box-to-box player in the mould of Roy Keane. However, the Colombian’s talent is unquestionable but with a reported price-tag of £8 million, it could be potentially off-putting for someone so unproven.

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