Constant speculation surrounding Arturo Vidal's future has put the midfielder into the sometimes intimidating transfer spotlight over the years.
Unfortunately, many stars seem to crumble under these so called pressures, but it has certainly not stopped this 27-year-old from performing at the highest level for club and country. The Chilean international seems to attract a flurry of interest from top clubs in Europe when the infamous transfer window arises and this summer has not disappointed in that aspect.
Van Gaal's interest
Real Madrid, Barcelona and recently Manchester United have been linked with the star as Louis van Gaal prepares to take charge at Old Trafford. Van Gaal recently expressed his admiration for the central midfielder before the Netherlands faced Chile in the Group B tie and conceded that he tried to sign Vidal when he was in charge at Bayer Leverkusen.
The Manchester United manager said: "Chile have very dangerous players, I always wanted to buy Vidal when he was at Bayer Leverkusen but he went to Juventus," admitted the Dutchman.
"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."
Despite being one of the most attacking and attractive teams thus far, Chile were without their main source of creativity in the centre of the field against Holland and the score line said it all. The South Americans failed to live up to the high standards shown in their previous two games against Spain and Australia and were beaten comfortably 2-0.
Speculation has never been far from the media suggesting that Vidal could move to the Premier League, and he has yet to categorically deny that he will be staying in Turin past this summer Van Gaal is a well-known admirer of the 27-year-old and recent reports suggest that he is scouting the player while managing his national side in Brazil.
Vidal has made 95 appearances for Juventus since joining from Bayer Leverkusen in 2011, scoring 28 goals. Those are the type of statistics a struggling Premier League side need in order to get back in the title race come September.
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