He has only been an Inter player for a year, but Fredy Guarin's form in Italy is said to have alerted both Man United and Tottenham, so talkSPORT's Transfer Spotlight has more...
Name: Fredy Guarin
Date of birth: 30 June 1986
Born: Puerto Boyacà, Colombia
International: Full Colombia international
What's the latest?
Guarin has had a good season in Serie A and his form has apparently lured Sir Alex Ferguson's scouts to the San Siro to check on the 27-year-old attacker. In addition, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, who was his boss at Porto, is another gaffer said to be monitoring his development.
Did you know?
1) Guarin, Inter's energetic midfielder, prefers to be in the thick of it in the middle of the park, attacking the opposition, but is also capable of operating on the wing. Inter head coach Andrea Stramaccioni has opted to play the Colombian behind a two man attack and in recent games his goals and assists in Serie A and the Coppa Italia have been crucial.
2) Though Guarin can use both feet, he prefers his right and packs a powerful, accurate shot (see video evidence below), while his balance and technique are excellent.
3) Between 2008 and January 2012, he won the Europa League, two Portuguese league titles and three Portuguese Cups while playing for Porto, whom he joined from French club Saint-Etienne, where he spent two seasons.
4) Guarin began his career in his homeland, playing for Envigado, then Boca Juniors in Argentina on loan in the 2005/06 season. Instead of signing permanently for Boca, Guarin opted for a move to Europe, initially joining Saint-Etienne on loan.
5) Italian football enthusiasts have urged Inter fans not to dwell on the loss of Wesley Sneijder after his transfer to Galatasaray in Turkey, but to instead focus on the players available to fill the void left by the Dutchman. Guarin has eight goals in 28 appearances in all competitions this season (correct as of 22 June 2013), while he has represented his country nearly 40 times and played in the U17 World Cup in which Colombia finished fourth, narrowly losing out to Argentina on penalties.
What is being said?
“He's a player of great quality, physical presence and he can change the play; he's just what we needed”
- Former Inter manager Claudio Ranieri upon Guarin's capture from Porto on loan in January 2012
“If I happen to score that’s lovely, but the important thing is a victory for the team. I feel good and I’m working to maintain this level and improve.”