Manchester United linked again with Guilherme Siqueira as alternative to Leighton Baines

Back in March there were reports in Spain that Manchester United were interested in Granada's Guilherme Siqueira. This was way before the annual Leighton Baines stories emerged and there could be more truth in this interest than any genuine will to pay Everton more than £15m for the England left back.

It was reported by a lot of the Spanish press, including Ideal.es, that Sir Alex Ferguson's brother, Martin, watched the player against Sevilla and could be seen taking notes on his performance that day.

Siqueira is a twenty six year old left back who signed for Granada just last year having been on loan to them from the Italian side Udinese. He didn't manage to make the grade in Italy and Granada initially took the loan before signing him on a permanent deal when his contract with Udinese expired. 

You'd have to think he'd be a cheap option for Manchester United and recruiting him as opposed to better known names would be seen by some fans as the effects of the Glazers at work. 

The links have picked up again this week with Fichajes.com saying the interest is still there and now United know they stand little chance of getting Jordi Alba, it makes a move more likely.

Siqueira's buy out clause is 15m but the Spanish media report it's unlikely a club would pay that much, his contact runs until the end of the 2014/15 season. Other clubs are interested, Benfica were at one point said to be close to signing him and he's been touted as a replacement for Jordi Alba at Valencia. Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo even said Barcelona were looking at him at one stage last season.

A little known player for fans in this country, he could be a more likely Manchester United signing than Leighton Baines.

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