Manchester United have reportedly been informed by Juventus that it would take a club record bid of £45 million plus Luis Nani to confirm the acquisition of coveted midfielder Arturo Vidal in the summer transfer window.
Juventus set out demands
Following the signing of Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao, Manchester United are in the market for a more combative midfield player to compliment his creative instincts, and Vidal has emerged as a target.
It is claimed by Goal.com that an approach for the Chilean has been made, with Juventus detailing the monster offer needed for them to consider allowing Vidal to move to Old Trafford before the transfer deadline in September.
There were previous reports that Van Gaal was ready to sanction Manchester United negotiator Ed Woodward to submit a £40 million proposal, this in itself a benchmark for the club, but it would appear this may not be enough.
What will Manchester United do?
Nani is certainly a dispensable asset for Manchester United, and one admired for a some by Juventus, so allowing the Portuguese to head to Turin would not prove a particularly great wrench for the club.
But losing a player valued in excess of £10 million along with a significant lump some may prove to the death knell to Manchester United’s pursuit of Vidal, with options elsewhere coming far cheaper.
Sami Khedira would be one of those, with the Germany international supposedly available for €30 million this summer, with Real Madrid prepared to all him once the 27-year-old arrives back from the World Cup.
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Interest from elsewhere
It may be that this is done to free up some room for Vidal at the Santiago Bernabeu, but there will be inevitable interest in the player from elsewhere. Arsenal have also been linked with Vidal as Arsene Wenger looks to bring reinforcements to the Emirates Stadium.