Inter Milan will reportedly decide on the future of Arsenal and Manchester United target Fredy Guarin before the end of the month.
Italian source Tutto Mercato Web claims the San Siro giants are still toying with the idea of cashing in on one of their star performers in order to fund several incoming transfers during the current window.
They plan to add at least one high-calibre striker to Walter Mazzarri’s squad before the start of the 2014-15 campaign but do not have a large budget after failing to qualify for the Champions League.
Sources close to the Emirates Stadium and Old Trafford told Football Express News that Guarin has been on their radar for a number of months but until now he was deemed out of reach, not least because Inter successfully fought to keep him in January.
Back then Serie A champions Juventus were leading the pursuit of the player, but a switch to the Premier League is now a genuine possibility as Inter have significantly altered their stance.
Owner Erick Thohir is aware of the fact that one of his most valuable talents may have to be sacrificed in order to acquire fresh faces.
It means he will hold out for an outright sale and will not consider swap deals or loan offers from London or Manchester.
The 27-year-old is due back from a short vacation following his exploits for Colombia in the World Cup.