Manchester United have edged closer to signing Juventus star Arturo Vidal, despite widespread reports that they are no longer interested in him.
According to Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, the idea of the 27-year-old moving to Old Trafford in a colossal €50million deal has been facilitated by Antonio Conte’s shock departure from Juve, and the door is now open for him to leave if he so chooses. It’s claimed in the report in question that the Italian boss was the main obstacle in the way of any sort of agreement being reached, as he considered Vidal to be amongst his finest assets.
Conte quit Juventus under strange circumstances earlier this week, and El Mercurio cite that one of the main reasons for his untimely departure was the fact that his club were gearing up to sell Vidal if United consented to paying €50million.
Vidal to United
In what’s fast becoming perhaps the most long-winded transfer saga of the summer the idea of Vidal moving to United has been constantly thrown back and forth with regards to its feasibility. Though the Chilean has never actually admitted that he is seeking a Juve exit before next season he has dropped hints in the past that last term may have been his last in Turin.
On top of that Louis van Gaal is a known admirer of his talents and, with the money he has to spend, coupled with the fact that the Dutchman is looking for a midfielder to partner new boy Ander Herrera, a deal makes sense from United’s point of view.
There are reports that claim Vidal is no longer wanted by United, as they fear his sell-on value isn’t worth taking on. However El Mercurio, whose reports came before Massimo Allegri was announced as new Juventus boss, believe the aforementioned transfer is as alive than ever.
Indeed, it would appear from the claims made by the Chilean publication that his club are ready to sell for €50million, and that with Conte gone there isn’t much stopping them. It’s thought the former head coach actively protested at the thought of selling when the query arose at a meeting concerning Vidal’s future, and may well have been acting as the primary firewall.
Van Gaal’s plans
United could well baulk at the idea of paying €50million for a man they wouldn’t get much more than four years out of, as Mercurio concludes. Van Gaal is keen to add a world-class middle man to his set up but following the purchases of Herrera and Luke Shaw the purse strings have been well and truly loosened, meaning certain targets will have to be carefully assessed before decisions are made.