Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal is on the verge of a move to Manchester United after the Premier League giants made a massive bid for the Chile international. The fee is reportedly £47.4 million.
Louis van Gaal has been impressed with Vidal’s attributes playing for Juventus in Serie A and Chile in the recently concluded World Cup in Brazil.
Manchester United representatives met with Vidal’s agent Fernando Felicevich on Friday and put forward an offer which was later presented to the Serie A champions for consideration.
The Red Devils are ready to double the wages the 27-year-old currently earns at Juventus on a four year deal, paying £6million-per-year despite Vidal ruling out any potential switch away from Juventus Stadium last week.
Van Gaal is with Manchester United in their pre-season tour of the United States and feels that midfield is the area that need strengthening after assessing the side in two pre-season friendlies.
The Dutch manager was highly critical of the players’ performance although winning 3-2 against Roma on Saturday.
Vidal has the same agent as Arsenal’s new recruit and compatriot,Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean signed a new deal for Juventus last year for a contract till 2017.
Linked with European heavyweights like Real Madrid, Liverpool and Arsenal, Vidal joined the Serie A outfit from Bayer Leverkusen in 2011 for a fee of €10.5million, and hence increased his market value, coming up with exceptional performances for both club and country.
Reports in Italy indicate Manchester United will be the only one in running as no other club has approached the Turin outfit for the midfielder’s signature.
A typical box-to-box midfielder was instrumental for Juventus being crowned champions of Italy for the last three seasons by scoring goals,assisting and robust tackling.
A type of player lacking in the Manchester United roster which ended with them finishing the 2013/14 season on a disastrous note. But with the vision and tactical genius of Louis van Gaal,The Red Devils are out to bring back the lost glory to Old Trafford.