Arturo Vidal’s agent Fernando Felicevich is keeping the Chilean’s potential move to Manchester United alive by remaining in daily contact with Red Devils chiefs, according to reports in Italy.
Italian source TuttoSport claims Felicevich is still in negotiations with both Juventus and United as he attempts to engineer a move for his top client, despite rumours that insist the deal is off. For weeks now reports have flooded the mainstream media claiming that a deal which would see Vidal join Louis van Gaal’s revolution was close to coming to fruition, but yesterday the news broke that the Dutchman was unwilling to pay the £32million Juve want for his signature.
Following on from that quotes taken from the player himself suggested that he would be happy to remain in Turin past this summer’s transfer window, though TuttoSport are adamant that Felicevich has not yet given up hope of orchestrating what could be one of the biggest deals to date.
Since long before the World Cup Vidal saw himself linked with a move to Old Trafford, and the news that Van Gaal was taking over at United did little to quell the talk that this year might be the one in which he arrived to the Premier League. The Dutchman has made it clear in the past that the 27-year-old is a player who he holds in high regard and, with midfield one of the positions he is looking to significantly strengthen, the scene was set for the Turin ace to make a big money move.
Certain reports had even claimed in the past that Vidal had agreed terms with United and was simply waiting for Juve and his would-be new club to find middle ground over a fee. However they now appear to have been well and truly rubbished, with the latest claims being that Van Gaal has instead turned his attentions once more to landing Kevin Strootman.
The Serie A champions made it clear from the off that they were only willing to relinquish the services of one of either Vidal or Paul Pogba. With the duo having a combined valuation of almost £100million they are most definitely the club’s star players, but certain sources had claimed that they had come to the conclusion that Vidal was replaceable, whereas Pogba wasn’t.
As such the Italian giants were ready to do business with United, and must have been fairly confident that Van Gaal would acquiesce to paying £32million for a man regarded by many as one of the most complete midfielders in the world.
If TuttoSport is to be believed then the move still harbours a chance of happening, even if it only resides in the determination of Vidal’s agent. United fans will be hoping Felicevich can make what now seems an impossible transfer possible, as all other parties involved don’t seem too fussed on the matter.