Manchester United are considering a swap deal including Javier Hernandez for Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin, according to The Telegraph.
Reports emerged from Duncan Castles yesterday that United had sent representatives over to Italy in order to meet with Guarin’s agent, although there was no mention of a swap deal from Castles.
Back in July, Guarin’s agent ruled out a move to Manchester United and insisted that the midfielder was happy to fight for his shirt at Inter Milan but the 27-year-old may have changed his mind with Inter languishing 12 points behind Juventus in Serie A, although United’s situation is similar in the Premier League.
A very versatile midfielder, Guarin can play as a deep lying playmaker and can equally impress as a tackling box-to-box midfielder. so he would give David Moyes a great all-round midfielder. Also, the fact he would be eligible for the knock-out stages of the Champions League would be an appealing factor.
Valued at £15 million, Guarin would be a considerably cheaper option than the likes of Ander Herrera and Koke but I fail to see the purpose of a swap deal in this scenario.
Swap deals rarely happen in modern football. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel Eto’o were involved in one as were Ashley Cole and Wiliam Gallas. Looking at United, Andy Cole was bought in a cash plus Keith Gillespie deal but player swaps just don’t happen much any more.
As well as that, United have no need to get rid of Hernandez unless he wants to leave himself and given the amount of cash we had available in the summer, £15 million wouldn’t be a problem. If United were to move for him, it should be a cash only deal.
Guarin would walk straight into the first team and his price would probably be inviting for the Glazers. For fans, more or less any midfielder looks inviting at this stage.