Juventus chief Beppe Marotta is still determined to keep hold of Arturo Vidal this summer, despite the fact that the Chilean international has become Manchester United’s de facto top target.
Numerous reports over the last few days have painted an optimistic picture with regards to Louis van Gaal’s pursuit of the man many deem to be the most complete midfielder in world football at the moment, and United fans would consequently be forgiven for believing that a move for Vidal was imminent. However according to Italian source TuttoSport, Marotta, Juve’s Director General and acting CEO, will only allow his star man to leave if €50million or more is placed on the table.
Previous price tags
A number of varying price tags have been placed on the 27-year-old’s head, with the grand total often fluctuating depending which publication is generating a report. However whereas only last week it was speculated that £40million might be enough to lure Vidal away from Antonio Conte’s clutches, TuttoSport claim that it’s €50million or bust with regards to his availability.
In all fairness that amount is far from extortionate given the playmaker’s reputation in the current climate, and his performances in the World Cup might well have given his club reason to hold out for far more.
Though the fact that Van Gaal is a known admirer of Vidal has been circulating for some time now, the aggressiveness with which United continue to circle his situation will have surprised even the most clued-up transfer gurus. Whilst at one point a number of top European clubs were in the frame and ready to compete for his signature it seems United have edged themselves out in front of the rest of the pack, and if Vidal’s going anywhere Old Trafford looks the most likely destination.
It would appear Van Gaal is hell-bent on making the Serie A star Ander Herrera’ midfield partner in his new look United side, and whilst the Dutchman has cash left to spend you can expect that he’ll pay whatever it takes to get his man.
The importance of Vidal’s signature
The arrival of such an esteemed talent would not only boost United’s fortunes on the pitch, but also go some way to confirming once and for all for the fans that the woes of last term have been put to bed. Optimism has been ushered in following the appointment of Van Gaal, but doubts may yet linger, such was the scale of shock the team’s capitulation delivered under David Moyes.
Luke Shaw and Herrera are both talented, but neither will raise the roof like Vidal would if Van Gaal can engineer a deal.