Manchester United are inching closer to agreeing a deal for Arturo Vidal and it will cost them in the region of £32million to land the midfielder.
According to the Express, Old Trafford officials have had constructive talks with their counterparts at the Serie A champions and a deal could be close. Louis van Gaal will take over at Manchester United this week and the report claims he has stepped up his interest in the Chilean.
It also claims that Juventus are prepared to accept a bid somewhere in the region of £32million for the 27-year-old, which is less than some of the sums that have been mooted in reports this summer. Vidal was a impressive for Chile at the World Cup and is one of Van Gaal’s top targets for a summer of significant rebuilding.
The former Bayer Leverkusen star has been a great success since moving to Turin from the Bundesliga club in 2011, winning three straight Scudetti in the process, but it could be time for a move to happen. Domestic success under Antonio Conte has not transferred to European football and the wages on offer in Italy cannot match those of the Premier League.
Manchester United’s disaster season under David Moyes saw them finish seventh in the Premier League and so there will be no European football for them next season. However, they have already splashed out the best part of £60million on both Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw this summer, so they are showing their ambition with financial might.
Vidal is unlikely to be too concerned about not playing in the Champions League next season if he sees the kind of players being brought in by the Old Trafford moneymen. Under Van Gaal, few expect United to be as bad as last season and being able to just concentrate on domestic competition alone could be a blessing in disguise, much like Liverpool experienced last season.
Not only are they showing off their financial power as it is, it was announced on Monday that the club had agreed a world record £750million ten-year kit sponsorship deal with Adidas, which will begin next season. That is double the previous record set by Arsenal with new supplier for this coming season, Puma.
It is further evidence that the Red Devils still have a huge fan base and commercial pulling power and one bad season has not changed that.
Van Gaal’s successful tournament at World Cup 2014 with the Netherlands already had fans excited, but the spending and new sponsorship have been a sharp reminder that Manchester United are still one of the three biggest clubs in the world and they can’t be knocked down for long.