Manchester United are edging ever closer to what would surely be the signing of the summer, as Italian sources claim that talks regarding the transfer of Juventus star Arturo Vidal are well underway.
Closing in on Vidal
The Chilean international, who has seen himself linked with the likes of Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in recent weeks has yet to make up his mind regarding his future, but it’s thought that Louis van Gaal is desperate to make him his first marquee signing of his Old Trafford reign. With a price tag of £40million on his head United are said to be ready to spend more of their summer budget after the arrivals of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, though Juventus may yet attempt to play hard ball and hold out for more money.
Previously it's been suggested that Van Gaal is keen to bring in Vidal in order to partner the newly-acquired Herrera, as he sees the 27-year-old as the ideal man to complement the Spaniard's talents. Vidal has certainly impressed over the course of the last 12 months, and his ability to hold his own against the very best midfielders in the world would be a huge boost for a United side which struggled in the middle of the park under David Moyes.
Of course Antonio Conte will want to keep Vidal if it's at all possible and so a deal is far from finalisation, but the speculation surrounding talks emanating from Italy is certainly a good sign.
Other transfer pursuits
Elsewhere there’s been more headway made by the Red Devils in their other transfer pursuits, with updates to the cases of both Thomas Vermaelen and Angel di Maria. After his national side were dumped out of the World Cup Vermaelen refused to confirm that he’d be playing at Arsenal once again next season, opening up fresh speculation that he wants to make a controversial switch to United. Di Maria on the other hand has reportedly been the subject of a record-breaking €60m bid.
It's true that the former Premier League champions stand a better chance of landing Vermaelen than they do Di Maria, purely because of the lack of competition for his signature, but with Van Gaal at the helm Red Devils supporters will be forgiven for praying for a scenario wherein both of them arrive.
The Arsenal captain could be relied upon to sure up what was an incredibly shaky back line last term, and his experience in the defence would settle plenty of nerves. Di Maria meanwhile has established himself as a world-class entity in his own right in recent months, and his attacking prowess would definitely give Van Gaal another dimension going forward.
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