Manchester United are the clear, odds-on favourites to sign Arturo Vidal from Juventus in the summer transfer window, despite claims from the club to the contrary.
Speculation is rife that the Chilean international will leave Turin in the coming months, with manager Antonio Conte resigning from his post last night amidst rumours that he’s unhappy with the club’s transfer plans.
SkyBet have wasted no time in reacting to the news, slashing the odds on Vidal joining the Red Devils to an incredible 1/12. In betting terms, that suggests they think it’s a near certainty.
No other club comes close in the market, with Bayern Munich second favourites well back at 18/1, with Real Madrid next at 22/1 and three Premier League clubs - Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City - all at 33/1 alongside PSG.
That suggests it’s either Manchester United or bust for the player, who enjoyed an impressive World Cup with Chile this summer.
Impressive World Cup
Vidal played a starring role in both of his nation’s victories - a 3-1 win over Australia and 2-0 victory against Spain. He was then rested for the defeat to Netherlands before returning the in the penalty shootout heartbreak against hosts Brazil.
Despite the last 16 exit, his performances were well received, and a £34million price-tag has been placed on his head by the Old Lady. Reports in The Sun yesterday claimed that was too steep for Manchester United though, and they'll be looking to negotiate a lower price.
And, in another twist, Juventus now claim that Vidal is not for sale, and will be staying in Serie 'A' next season. How will the bookies react?
How Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal fairs in that department remains to be seen, but he has already made his mark at the club since becoming the new head coach at Old Trafford. He’s tasked with returning the glory days to the club after David Moyes failed to fulfil the expectation placed on his shoulders when replacing Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw have already joined the club ahead of the new season, and it’s clear the bookie think Vidal will be next through the door at Manchester United. And, if he does arrive, the signing will be a major coup for the former champions.
Vidal would be passing up Champions League football to play for the Red Devils if a move was completed, whilst the 27-year-old midfielder has plenty of years ahead of him. His signing would further bolster an area which proved to be such a key weakness last season.
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