Louis van Gaal wants to sign Arturo Vidal

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Juventus star Arturo Vidal features on Louis van Gaal's transfer shortlist, with Manchester United believing that they could secure his signature for a reasonable cost in relation to his excellent talent.

This is according to The Daily Star, who also go on to highlight the difficulty that the Red Devils could have in prising the Chilean international away from Turin by featuring recent quotes from manager Antonio Conte that appeared to suggest that he is confident of keeping Vidal at the club.

27-year-old Vidal - arguably one of the best all-round midfielders in European football - enjoyed a stellar 2013/14 campaign, performing a crucial role for Conte's side as they secured a third consecutive Serie A title in typically dominant fashion.

Such impressive displays from Vidal came despite the former Bayer Leverkusen man becoming the subject of almost constant transfer speculation.

Manchester United were initially linked to Vidal during the disastrous reign of former manager David Moyes, along with the likes of Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Although Moyes has of course now departed following a quite woeful run at Old Trafford, it appears that the club's interest in the player will not diminish as a result of Van Gaal's appointment.

Just how much money it would take to secure the signing of Vidal is unclear, but it is certainly no secret that Manchester United require the addition of at least one top-quality midfielder this summer.

With Van Gaal clearly having outlined the players he wants to bring to the Premier League ahead of his first season in charge, it will be intriguing to see how Manchester United approach transfers in the near future.

Although Van Gaal has been officially announced as Moyes' permanent successor, he will be just a tad pre-occupied by the small matter of attempting to guide his native Netherlands to World Cup success in Brazil this summer.

As such, it seems reasonable that he would expect the club to pursue deals for players on his behalf. 

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