Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has received possibly his biggest boost since being named manager, after it became apparent that Juventus are now willing to sell Arturo Vidal for £24million to raise funds for Antonio Conte.
The Chilean playmaker finds himself one of Van Gaal’s top summer targets, with the Dutchman having admitted his admiration for the player in the past, and now it would seem that the door has been left open for him to make a fairly cheap switch. According to the Daily Express, which cites reports in Italy, Vidal has been made available by his current club, who are willing to accept a cut-price deal of £24million in order to given their manager money to spend in the transfer market.
The news will undoubtedly be fawned over in Manchester, with United desperate to sign high-profile names in order to banish the notion that they’re no longer able to compete with Europe’s biggest teams. Having already passed up on the opportunity to compete with Chelsea for the signing of Francesc Fabregas, Van Gaal will know that fans are expecting to see positive moves soon, and Ed Woodward could wonders for his own position if he successfully manages to navigate a move for the 27-year-old.
Of course United won’t be without competition if the rumours are true, and the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona could well rear their heads if given half the chance. With Vidal being a recognised talent in Europe there’s sure to be plenty of interest in signature for such a low price, and the fact that Van Gaal can’t promise him Champions League football may well prove to be a decisive factor.
There’s no doubt that United will do all they can to sign the Juventus star, but another rejection could further jeopardise their reputation. Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben have already made it perfectly clear that they will not be moving to Old Trafford, despite ongoing speculation, and it’s unlikely that the likes of Mats Hummels, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Edinson Cavani will be looking to move away from their clubs.
However there is hope given the fact that United chiefs are willing to financially back Van Gaal with whatever he needs in order to improve the fortunes of the club, and Vidal may well view the Premier League as the next logical step in his career. The Chilean and his potential new boss will meet next week when their respective nations clash at the World Cup, which is sure to be an interesting affair.