Manchester United fans praying for Louis van Gaal to conjure up a seemingly impossible trick in landing Juventus’ Arturo Vidal will finally have to accept defeat this morning and come to the realisation that he’s not moving to Old Trafford.
Vidal deal OFF
Sources in Italy today carry quotes from the player himself which state in no uncertain terms that he’s not leaving Turin for Manchester, despite the fact that there’s been plenty of gossip over the past few weeks suggesting he would.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport the Chilean international said that he was unsure if he would remain at his current club for next season, but that he would be talking with new Juventus boss Massimo Allegri on Monday and wouldn’t be making the move to join up with Van Gaal.
The incident in question has drawn criticism from certain sources, with others claiming that Vidal meant he was merely not flying to Manchester when he was pressed for an answer in an airport.
There's been plenty said on the idea of the World Cup ace moving to United before next season, and a number of high-profile individuals have weighed in on the matter. Yesterday former Red Devils star Carlos Tevez implored Juventus not to consent to his departure, whilst part of Antonio Conte's decision to quit was said to be based around the club's plans to cash in if a huge sum was received.
We’ll have more for you as the story develops.
Hernandez frozen out
In United news somewhat closer to home it would appear that Van Gaal is desperate to offload Javier Hernandez sooner rather than later. Reports from Spanish newspaper Marca yesterday evening claimed that the 62-year-old tried to stop the Mexican forward from joining up with the rest of the first-team squad in the U.S pre-season training camp, as he aims to freeze him out of the side.
The striker has been targeted by a host of clubs over the last few weeks, but it looks as though Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan could well be the frontrunners for his signature. With a £15million price tag on his head Hernandez is seen as potentially great value for money and Diego Simeone is busy searching for a partner for Mario Mandzukic. Inter meanwhile continue to spend money in order to improve under ambitious owner Erick Thohir.
It’s also looking like outcast Bebe will finally leave the club today, as he signs for Benfica on a four-year deal. The 23-old-forward was largely expected to be one of the first casualties of Van Gaal's campaign, and was left out of the squad travelling to the U.S.