Manchester United have suffered a black eye in their hunt to bolster up their ranks with reports in Italy suggesting that one of their chief long-term targets, Arturo Vidal, is set to quit Juventus for Real Madrid.
As reported by Corriere dello Sport, Los Blancos have tabled a €50 million bid to secure the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder's services. Representatives from both parties are set to hold negotiations on the deal today which could see either Alvaro Morata, Marcelo or Fabio Coentrao move the opposite direction. Barring no last minute itches the deal could be wrapped up before the World Cup kicks off.
In mid-May Sportsmediaset reported that former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had personally made a £26m offer to the Serie A champions but it now seems that the Chilean playmaker is destined to ply his trade away from Old Trafford with Real Madrid reportedly meeting the Bianconeri's asking price for their talisman.
"He could change team in the summer. For Juve Vidal is worth €50m far more than
30-35 calculated until a short time ago. This is the figure set. " A senior figure in Juventus hierarchy was quoted by Gazzetta dello Sport.
The 28-year-old playmaker is a natural box-to-box midfielder. He is christened "The Warrior " in Italy for his hard tackling and tenacious style of play and could be the final jigsaw fit in Carlo Ancelotti's ensemble.
His heroics could free up Luka Modric of his defensive duties as well as add a clinical attacking dimension in the final third. He has played 98 times for the Turin outfit while nicking 28 goals in the process since his 2011 switch from Bundesliga. He also played a pivotal role in the Old Lady's sustained dominance at the helm of Serie A in the last three seasons.
However the Manchester United faithful should not be disenchanted since the club is readying bids for Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez, AS Roma's Kevin Strootman and as reports suggest that Ukrainian Yevhen Konoplyanka could be the Louis van Gaal's first signing.
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