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Man Utd swapping misfit striker for Inter midfielder makes sense

| 28.07.2014

Tottenham have followed Stoke and Cardiff’s lead in Premier League transfers this season, and their swap deal with Swansea involving Ben Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson has got other sides exploring the possibility of trades.

Manchester United certainly aren’t afraid to jump on the American-styled bandwagon and are lining up a swap deal with Inter Milan to shed themselves of a surplus front man while plugging a huge hole in their midfield in return.

Javier Hernandez fell out of favour with David Moyes last season, making just six starts in the Premier League and scoring four times.

How much game time he gets under new coach Louis van Gaal, who is 5/1 to win the Premier League in his debut season, remains to be seen and the rumours linking him away from Old Trafford haven’t dwindled as a result.

The latest musings have United shipping Chicharito off to Serie A on the same path former club captain Nemanja Vidic took, with Inter’s midfield enforcer Fredy Guarin joining last season’s seventh-place side in return.

With Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and a host of promising youth players to call on up front, sending the Mexican off to pastures new in order to fill a major hole in the United squad makes perfect sense for the Dutch coach.

Guarin was a regularly relied upon part of the Nerazzurri setup last season, starting 26 Serie A matches and collecting a whoscored.com average rating of 7.21 over the course of the campaign.

Van Gaal doesn’t currently have too many midfield screener options to pick from among his Red Devils contingent and is keen to add one to the squad.

Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley all could be called on to do the job from the current crop, but none would do so as naturally as the Colombian.

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Matt Wiggins

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