Manchester United’s proposed deal for Arturo Vidal is off, after Louis van Gaal came to the conclusion that the Chilean midfielder is not right for his new-look set up at Old Trafford.
The veteran Dutch coach has, according to the Daily Mail, decided to pull the plug on a deal taking Vidal to United and will instead focus on landing other targets, despite the speculation over the move happening having lasted a number of weeks. Since prior to the World Cup in Brazil rumours have inferred that Vidal would be Van Gaal’s top target of his new regime in Manchester, but it would appear the 62-year-old is no longer interested in negotiating with Juventus.
Change of stance?
Van Gaal has in the past played up the idea of one day managing Vidal, stating his admiration for him as a player on more than one occasion. That, plus his need for a creative ball-winning midfielder to partner Ander Herrera, had prompted the masses to believe that a deal was indeed imminent, with certain reports relaying that the two clubs had already come to an agreement.
Regardless of that though Van Gaal is thought to have made his plans for the future very clear, and, so long as the Mail is to be believed, they don’t include World Cup ace Vidal.
It’s long been assumed that the Turin giants would sell one of either Paul Pogba or Vidal, with the former wanted by Chelsea and the latter valued at around £32million. According to reports they have come to the decision to sell Vidal and keep his younger counterpart, meaning that they were ready to attempt to broker a deal with United.
Now though it would seem that they will have to instead fight to keep suitors away from Pogba, and could well keep Vidal, particularly given the fact that his other main admirers - Real Madrid - have all but confirmed the signing of Toni Kroos instead.
United’s plans moving forward
It’s fair to assume that Van Gaal has some sort of contingency plan with which to tackle the issues of his weak central midfield, as he looks to ensure that next season isn’t a repeat of the last one. However with top targets fast falling by the wayside with regards to their availability the Dutchman will want to be stepping up his search if he aims to please United fans, who are no doubt worried that they make be caught short come the opening day of the season against Swansea.