Manchester United target Arturo Vidal is set for showdown talks with Juventus officials on Monday and the Serie A club fear he may demand a transfer this summer.
Vidal has been heavily linked with a possible £40million move to Old Trafford for the past couple of months and this only intensified with his impressive performances for Chile at the World Cup in Brazil.
Returns for talks
He has been on holiday since the Chileans were eliminated on penalties by the hosts in the round of 16 and Talksport are now reporting that he is heading straight into talks with the new Bianconeri manager, Massimiliano Allegri, and their managing director Giuseppe Marotta.
New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is reportedly a keen admirer of the 27-year-old, with some reports even suggesting Vidal was the former Netherlands coach’s number one summer target.
Talksport run with a report from Italian newspaper Tuttosport that Juventus officials are concerned Vidal will demand a move in the meeting. They are desperate to hang on to the former Bayer Leverkusen man, but may find it difficult to hang on to him when he starts getting big wage offers from the likes of the Red Devils.
Big changes at the Turin club will also not have helped the situation; Allegri was appointed earlier this month after Antonio Conte’s surprise resignation after three very successful years in charge. The former Juve midfielder led the club to three consecutive Serie A titles and his departure may spark something of an exodus.
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s transfer business is not expected to be finished just yet, despite already splashing out on two new signings for the best part of £60million.
Left-back Luke Shaw was secured from Southampton, while Ander Herrera arrived early in the summer after a deal was agreed with Athletic Bilbao. The Spaniard is expected to add some creativity to the middle of the park, but he does not have the game or physical attributes to play the role of combative midfielder.
Vidal specialises in such a role and is able to back it up with high quality passing and would provide a different option for Van Gaal in midfield that he does not currently possess.
Arsene Wenger is also an admirer of the Chilean, though has not been linked with a move for him nearly as strongly as Van Gaal, and was profuse in his praise for the player during the World Cup.
“Vidal is one of the best midfielders in the world; he has everything. Incredible stamina, perfect timing. He’s a marathon athlete who plays football,” said the Arsenal manager.