Manchester United is not considered a likely destination for Arturo Vidal even if Juventus do decide to sell him, reports The Daily Mail.
The Chile international has been the standout transfer saga of the summer with Manchester United heavy favourites to land his signature. Louis van Gaal was thought to be a big fan and, with plenty of money to spend, a deal looked likely.
Van Gaal moves on
However, despite the rumours of £48 million bids and double-your-money contract offers, the same report claims that Manchester United and Juventus have held no talks with regards to Vidal and Van Gaal does not consider the 27-year-old as a priority.
Instead Van Gaal is focusing on a deal for Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen while he remains keen on both Edinson Cavani and Kevin Strootman. The latter of those three is the most telling as Strootman fills a very similar role to Vidal.
Any move for Strootman will likely have to wait until January as the player continues to recover from a knee ligament injury. It appears Van Gaal is ready to wait until then instead of signing Vidal this summer.
Regardless of Manchester United's interest, Vidal is still set to have crunch future talks with Juventus officials when he returns from his holiday. Although publically stating that they want to keep their best players, Juventus are thought to be open to the idea of selling him.
Only a substantial offer would convince them to sell and, with Vidal happy to stay in Turin, it appears the final decision on his future will lie in the hands of new manager Massimiliano Allegri and Juventus officials.
They remain aware that his value may be hitting its peak after an impressive World Cup display. With financial problems hanging over the Juventus Stadium, they may have to sell Vidal to balance the books.
Priorities for Van Gaal
Although Manchester United have made substantial additions in the form of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, it appears Van Gaal's first priority is to analyse the current crop of players at his disposal.
Manchester United's line-up has been experimental to say the least in the opening friendly games against LA Galaxy and AS Roma. It appears Van Gaal is ready to give players plenty of time to impress before making big decisions on the market.
Manchester United's deep midfield options remain a big concern for everyone involved at Old Trafford. With Michael Carrick out with an ankle injury, a midfield anchorman appears a crucial addition for the new season. With Vidal seemingly out of the picture and Strootman struggling for fitness, the footballing world awaits news on an alternative target.