Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will move to make Arturo Vidal his third big signing of the summer after the World Cup, so long as he receives encouragement for either the player or his club, according to the Daily Express.
The veteran Dutch manager, fresh from endearing himself to Red Devils fans with the captures of both Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw in the last 24 hours, has long coveted the Chilean midfielder, and harbours plans to make him a United player heading into a decisive campaign for the club next season.
Recent reports have indicated that representatives from the former Premier League champions may have travelled to Brazil in order to conduct talks with Vidal’s agent, and despite the likelihood of them facing strong competition for his signature - Arsenal are rumoured to be ready to lodge a £44million bid - they will try to engineer a move.
The 27-year-old playmaker’s future has been the subject of hot debate for some time now, with contrasting opinions over whether or not he will commit his future to Turin past this summer. Though Juventus were crowned Serie A champions for the third time in a row last term - landing their 30th Scudetto in the process - it may appeal to him to opt for a new challenge whilst still in the peak of his career, and the idea of trying his hand in the Premier League would provide just that.
That being said Juve will most certainly fight tooth and nail to retain his services, particularly if either Chelsea or Manchester United wade in with a £60million bid for team-mate Paul Pogba, which some sources claim they are preparing to do. Vidal has established himself as a vital asset at the Juventus Stadium and it would be difficult for the Italian giants to replace his influence, even with the large sum they would likely receive.
Suitability to United
There’s no questioning that Van Gaal would greatly improve his side’s chances of competing with their closest Premier League rivals if they were able to land Vidal. Having already confirmed the signing of Athletic Bilbao's Herrera, United are potentially one more top quality midfielder away from having successfully addressed an issue that doggedly plagued them last year in the form of their lack of a strong spine.
The ability to link Vidal with the likes of Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie would surely be enough to create a surrounding wherein the Chile international would thrive, and the idea of United subsequently launching a credible challenge to reclaim their English crown becomes a little less laughable as a result.
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