Juventus are busy preparing for the exit of Arturo Vidal, which has given Manchester United hope that they can get a deal for the Chilean international done this summer.
Despite numerous reports having been released in recent weeks claiming chiefs of the Turin giants would remain firm on their stance that he will not be shipped, Italian website TuttoSport claims that they have identified Colombia star Fredy Guarin as the man they want to replace Vidal if he does go, hinting that they are perhaps expecting him to leave.
Van Gaal interest in Vidal
Since long before Louis van Gaal took hold of the Old Trafford reigns there has been strong interest in the 27-year-old playmaker, and the new Dutch coach holds him in high regard. Vidal’s eye-catching performances at the World Cup in Brazil have hardly done his chances of securing a Premier League switch harm and, with Antonio Conte now resigned from Juve, there appears to be less stopping the move from coming to fruition than there was before.
It’s widely rumoured that it would take a hefty €50million offer to lure the midfielder away from his current club but, in the wake of chief executive Ed Woodward’s recent comments, that shouldn’t pose too much of a problem to United. The Red Devils are blissfully aware of the fact that they need to spend big if they are to improve on last season’s disastrous campaign, and a world-class asset like Vidal would go some way to showing that they can still compete with the major players in the transfer market.
Need for United replacements
What’s more, with Michael Carrick having been ruled out for the foreseeable future - and definitely the beginning of next season - Van Gaal has a hole alongside new-boy Ander Herrera that he’s looking to fill.
Though Darren Fletcher, Marouane Fellaini or Tom Cleverley could be tasked with occupying it on a temporary basis, none of that trio is tipped to be handed an important role in the United squad moving forward, and it’s more likely Van Gaal will look to the transfer market to allay fears he will be caught short come the opening fixture against Swansea City next month.
As it stands few can contest that the man Van Gaal covets most with regards to replacing Carrick is Vidal, and Juventus’ interest in Guarin appears to be indicative of the fact that it could indeed happen.
The player himself has denied speculation over the link to date, his current club appear adamant that he is staying and there’s plenty of negotiations to be had yet before any agreement is remotely feasible. Yet whilst Juve scour the market for replacements one has to wonder, do they really believe Vidal could be on his way?