Once all the hype and fever surrounding the January transfer window has died down, it can become an incredibly tedious period.
Let’s face it, less than five per cent of the rumours considered to be gospel truth at this moment in time will actually come to fruition by February 1, and for the most part the teams that lineup for the first fixtures post-winter transfer window will essentially be made up of the same individuals- bar injury or ban- who represented their teams on New Year’s day.
That’s why it’s a personal preference of mine to opt not to dwell on deals that are recycled each day through the different news outlets until it becomes a shock when they aren’t realised, but rather focus on the transfers that could actually happen.
For those of you still unsure as to what can be classed as a ‘transfer that could actually happen’ let me first clarify that Lionel Messi to Manchester City for €250million is the perfect example of one that can’t. Arturo Vidal to Manchester United on the other hand is one that I’m willing to offer some time toward.
Whilst to some, rightly or wrongly, the idea of entertaining the prospect that one of Europe’s brightest talents will move to Old Trafford in the current climate is bizarre, for me it’s one that shouldn’t be dismissed.
What’s more, with recent reports suggesting that David Moyes is prepared to break the bank with the view of adding Vidal to the bill and the bookies’ subsequently slashing odds on him becoming the first to sign up to what’s being billed as United’s attempt at a resurgence, it’s plain to see that I’m far from being the only one of the mindset that a transfer is feasible… No smoke without fire and all that jazz.
However, far from the 26-year-old being destined to complete a big money switch to Manchester, he will most certainly be a catch that Moyes will have to use all of his guile to land. Whilst the public rejections of the summer from Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara served little purpose bar lending to the notion that United aren’t as strong in the market without Sir Alex Ferguson, Moyes must play his cards far closer to his chest this time around; and quickly.
In theory Vidal could be just the man the under-fire Scot needs to instigate the sort of change he is charged with overseeing post-January. Whilst I’ve yet to see a transfer, and it’s successes or shortcomings thereafter, settled in theory, one would have to lean towards the prediction that the Juve playmaker could be a hit in the Premier League, given the fact that his pace and technique have elevated him to the highest bracket of performer in the Serie A.
There’s no question that a player of his calibre would add a substantial amount of firepower to the waning midfield which has thus far struggled to hold its own in England’s elite division, and the estimated £35million could prove to be a relative bargain if he was to kick-start the reigning champions revival.
Equally though it can be virtually assured that Juventus will do everything in their power to keep him. Ironically it’s ex-United man Paul Pogba’s uncertain future that could ultimately force the Turin giants to keep hold of Vidal, but, that aside, with a number of European big guns intent on breaking up Antonio Conte’s glittering midfield, it’s unlikely Moyes will be offered his man on a silver platter.
There may not be smoke without fire, but unless United can land a game-changing midfielder in this window, i.e Vidal, a big bucket of cold water could oh so easily tip over the flickering flame that is Moyes’ ambitions for this campaign.