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Manchester United end interest in Arturo Vidal

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Arturo Vidal at the World Cup (©GettyImages)
Arturo Vidal at the World Cup (©GettyImages).

Manchester United's interest in Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal looks to be over after it was claimed that new manager Louis Van Gaal doesn't want to sign the Chilean international at Old Trafford.

The former-Dutch boss has finally arrived in Manchester after it was announced months ago about him being David Moyes' replacement, but due to World Cup commitments, Van Gaal hadn't even appeared at Old Trafford until Monday afternoon.

New deals

With Southampton's Luke Shaw and Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera already signing this Summer for big money, United are prepared to spend a lot more and are reportedly able to spend roughly £200 million.

After spending weeks trying to keep Vidal at Juventus, Antonio Conto finally loosened his desires on keeping the Chilean, and he was said to be seeking around £32 million for the 27-year-old, with United in the driving seat to land him.

Fallen through

However, after Van Gaal's arrival at Old Trafford, it's now being reported that the club will not pursue the holding-midfielder as the new boss doesn't see him fitting in at United.

Vidal's agent, Fernando Felicevich, was in England last week and was reportedly scheduled to travel to Manchester in order to meet with officials from Old Trafford, but those plans have now been cancelled due to the English side pulling out of a potential deal.

Agent

Felicevich was in England to wrap up Alexis Sanchez's move to Arsenal, and it could now be The Gunners that are favourite to land the Juve man as Arsene Wenger prepares to spend big on a new strong midfielder.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing the Chilean, and both clubs have the finances to afford him, but nothing has been decided yet for either Premier League clubs, or the player himself, who is currently on holiday after appearing at the World Cup in Brazil.

Future

When asked about his future, Vidal refused to give much away, but admitted that a move could be on the cards.

'I've heard about the rumours, but I haven't spoken more about this subject.

'I'm enjoying my holidays, and when I return to Italy I'll see what happens. Anyone would like to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world.'

Despite Manchester United having the funds at their disposal, and Juventus being ready to sell one of their key players, other targets are the priority for Louis Van Gaal, and it's reported that Angel Di Maria, Mats Hummels and Thomas Vermaelen are those priorities.

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