Could veteran left back Patrice Evra or inconsistent winger Luis Nani really hold the key with regards to Manchester United signing Arturo Vidal?
The simple answer is yes; Juventus have a long standing interest in United pair.
Juve's desire to do the double
It has been well documented that Juve have long had a firm interest in both Evra and Nani and now the Turin based club may finally get their men. Louis van Gaal wants to freshen up his squad, that means selling dead wood just as much as bringing in fresh blood. There are a hoard of players in the United squad that the Dutch coach does not believe to be of the proper quality or standard.
This list includes players such as Anderson, Bebe, Ashley Young and even Javier Hernandez. Van Gaal also sees Evra and Nani surplus to requirements and, although he believes they both have qualities that his new side can use, replacements are/ have already been lined up. It's clear he feels that Luke Shaw has the ability to replace Evra as United's starting left back, whilst he also has his eyes on a move for Real Madrid and Argentina wide-man Angel di Maria.
It's safe to assume that Van Gaal will do what he does best and use mental tactics. Van Gaal will speak with Ed Woodward in person in the coming week and will make it clear that he wants Woodward to make a deal for Chilean playmaker, Vidal. The 62-year-old would likely also tell Woodward that he should use Juventus' firm and longstanding interest in both Evra and Nani as a make weight to get the big ball of transfer negotiations rolling.
United are not expecting to make big money sales on Evra nor Nani and will quite happily cut their losses for the pair of them at around £15million. It is believed that Juventus are willing to sell key man Arturo Vidal but only for around £40million, so they could be part of a proposal designed to not only smooth out the deal but also reduce the overall cost of signing perhaps United's top target.
This would be a huge statement to rivals that Van Gaal and United mean business, that they want to be instantly competing right back at the top of the Premier League and ultimately that they want an instant return to Europe; something the new manager is more than capable of delivering.
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