Louis van Gaal has admitted that he tried and failed to sign Arturo Vidal when he was at Bayer Leverkusen, admitting he always wanted to sign him.
The Chile international is set to shine at this summer's World Cup after a stellar season in Serie A with Juventus.
Naturally, his fine form has attracted the interest of top clubs with Manchester United believed to be one of the keenest on signing the 27-year-old.
And it seems that Manchester United could be set to make a move for the player after new manager Van Gaal admitted he has always had an affinity towards the tough tackling Vidal.
In fact, the Dutchman, who will take charge at Old Trafford after the World Cup, admitted he tried to sign Vidal, but he rejected him to join Juventus.
"Chile have very dangerous players,” he told reporters. "I always wanted to buy Vidal when he was at Bayer Leverkusen but he went to Juventus."
Juventus are ready to sell Vidal but only a bid of €60m would convince them to part ways. Real Madrid have also been linked with a move for the player but Carlo Ancelotti is believed to prefer Vidal's teammate, Paul Pogba.
Van Gaal was speaking ahead of the Netherlands' group game against Chile on June 23. With Spain tipped to top Group B, getting a result against the South Americans will be crucial for the 2010 runners up. He admits Holland will find it difficult to qualify if they don't beat Chile.
"I like a lot of Chile players and they always play an attacking style. It will be difficult for the Netherlands but we have confidence in the three games we have to play.”