Manchester United are refusing to pay the £34million price tag for summer target Arturo Vidal and are willing to look elsewhere if the price does not come down.
According to The Sun, the Old Trafford club believe the asking price being set by Juventus is too high and have refused to meet the valuation. This means the Serie A champions will have to either lower their price or Manchester United will look elsewhere to make additions.
Despite some reports claiming that Vidal is the top summer midfield target for new manager Louis van Gaal, this report would suggest they are content to pass up the opportunity to sign him if it is not closer to their own valuation.
One reason posited for the refusal to pay up what Juventus are asking is the fact that the £29million capture of Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao has already been completed. The Spaniard can play in a similar role to Vidal, that of creative hub in the midfield, but he does not possess the physical attributes of the Chile international.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger sparked speculation over whether he would make an attempt to sign the 27-year-old after showering him with praise while at the World Cup.
"Vidal is one of the best midfielders in the world. He has everything. Incredible stamina, perfect timing. He’s a marathon athlete who plays football,” said the Frenchman.
Herrera is obviously a very talented playmaker, but the physical rigours of the Premier League and his less robust approach could see him take some time to settle into its rhythm. The 24-year-old may not even settle in at all and would not be the first player to do so.
While neither player is particularly imposing, the more combative nature of Vidal’s game would be an understandable reason for opting to pick him over Herrera. Despite this, it is Herrera who is already at Old Trafford and Van Gaal is obviously content to work with him in the absence of Vidal.
Money is also another reason why refusing to meet the £34million valuation is odd, because Manchester United have lots of it. On Monday they announced a world record kit deal with sportswear giants that is worth £750million over the next ten years. The Red Devils have more than enough to afford the purchase of Vidal, but it would appear they are concerned about being overcharged.
While that is a good stance to take for the long-term future of the club, the current climate in world football would suggest that someone will be ready to stump up the cash before the window closes – especially for a player the calibre of Vidal.