Manchester United appear to have moved a step closer towards completing the £40 million transfer of Juventus star Arturo Vidal after it was confirmed by agent Andrea D’Amico that the Chile international will leave his current employers this summer.
Although D’Amico is not Vidal’s agent, he does represent other players at Juventus and has “close links with the club’s board and their dealings,” according to the Metro.
D’Amico: ‘Vidal will leave’
The football agent is quoted by Sky Italia as confirming: “Vidal will leave.
“I’m convinced that he will leave this summer.”
This latest revelation will come as a major boost to Manchester United’s hopes of signing the 27-year-old, who is widely regarded as being one of the world’s best box-to-box midfielders.
Speculation that Vidal will complete a move to Old Trafford has been rife for the past three weeks, with recent reports even claiming that the South American has undergone preliminary medical tests with the Red Devils and been informed that Manchester United’s iconic number seven shirt has been reserved for him.
United offer Vidal €6m-a-year
If all goes to plan, Vidal will double his wages at Old Trafford by signing a long-term contract worth €6 million-a-year - making him one of United’s highest earners.
His arrival would be a massive statement of intent from Manchester United and their new manager Louis van Gaal, who is a long-term admirer of the Serie A superstar.
Vidal would be guaranteed a starting position in United’s central midfield alongside fellow summer signing Ander Herrera - as Van Gaal attempts to introduce the 3-4-1-2 formation which has worked to good effect on the club’s pre-season tour of the US.
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Along with the incentive of a significant pay rise, and the chance to play for arguably the most famous football club on the planet, it’s presumed that Vidal would be keen to leave the Juventus Stadium for Manchester United following last month’s shock departure of manager Antonio Conte.
The Italian, who guided Juventus to three consecutive Serie A titles, was then surprisingly replaced by the much-maligned former AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri.
Allegri’s arrival has not been welcomed favourably by the majority of Juventus supporters, who believe the club have taken a huge backwards step by appointing the 46-year-old.
Whether the same is true for the Juventus players is currently unclear, but it’s expected that Vidal’s signature will be far easier to obtain with Conte now off the scene.