Arturo Vidal’s proposed transfer to Manchester United is being delayed due to doubts held by Louis van Gaal over the long-term prospects of the Juventus player’s knee after an injury he sustained last season.
Sampaoli speaks on deal
Vidal has been linked with a move to Manchester United for some time as Van Gaal strives to add a combative midfielder of some repute to his ranks although, as of yet, there has been no confirmation of the Old Trafford club’s interest.
But it would appear there is indeed a genuine desire from Manchester United to sign the player, and the major sticking point is regarding his fitness. This has come to light following comments from Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli, who was interviewed by El Mercurio.
Sampaoli was initially speaking broadly about Vidal and the quality he brings to his national side, before commenting directly on the 27-year-old and his links to Manchester United.
“The serious obstacle regarding his move from Juventus to Manchester United is doubt Van Gaal is having regarding the improvement of [Vidal’s] knee,” Sampaoli explained.
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This news will arrive to a somewhat mixed response from Manchester United supporters, who will no doubt be encouraged that they club are striving to sign the player, but there will be concern that the plug could be pulled.
Vidal’s proposed transfer fee is reported to be $80 million, and it is an outlay the club will not be prepared to make if they are not completely convinced that the Chilean’s right knee problem will not flare up again.
It was only in May that Vidal underwent surgery to repair an issue with his damaged meniscus, with the player going under the knife in order to ensure he would be available to compete in the World Cup.
As reported by The Mirror last month, it was claimed by a doctor at the time that the hasty operation would lead to “regression in his final recovery” and Vidal has still yet to prove his full fitness since the procedure.
He did not appear to be at his best in any of the three Chile fixtures in which he appeared, and was not included in the starting XI for Juventus’ first match of their pre-season trip to Asia.
This perhaps represents a concern from his current club that a negative reaction would put paid to Vidal’s move to Manchester United although, inevitably, there have been counter claims that the player has already successfully completed a medical.