Manchester United reach agreement with Arturo Vidal agent

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Manchester United have reached an agreement with the agent of Juventus central midfielder Arturo Vidal. The Red Devils offered €12 million-a-year before tax - roughly €230,000-a-week - and this has been accepted by the player's agent.

This latest update comes courtesy of Italian newspaper La Stampa, who claim that the final decision now rests with Vidal.

Should the Chile international give the green light then United are expected to submit a €50 million formal offer for the 27-year-old, who is widely considered one of the world's best all-action midfielders.

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The report adds that Vidal has told members of the Chile national team that he wants to join the Red Devils.

This comes just a day after it was reported by Sky Italia journalist, Mario Giunta, that Vidal has informed friends of his desire to quit Juventus for the Premier League giants.

However, it was also revealed on Wednesday that Manchester United have concerns about the player's long-term fitness.

Van Gaal concerned

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli revealed earlier this week that United's move for Vidal was being held up by Red Devils' boss Louis van Gaal.

The veteran Dutch coach reportedly has reservations about committing to a deal because of the South American's persistent knee injury, which he sustained last season.

Last week it was reported that Vidal has undergone preliminary medical checks with the Red Devils - and it's a possibility that United's doubts have since increased.

Watch: Arturo Vidal in action

Worth the gamble?

Van Gaal must decide, quickly, whether Vidal is worth the long-term investment. There are now less than four weeks remaining before the summer transfer window closes and the general consensus is that Manchester United must sign another world-class central midfielder to accompany £29 million Ander Herrera.

Vidal, who is capable of performing in either a defensive or attacking capacity, would be a significant upgrade on Manchester United's current midfield options.

Van Gaal currently has Herrera, Tom Cleverley, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Anderson at his disposal - and as many as three of those midfielders could leave Old Trafford before the September 2 transfer deadline.

The Manchester United supporters are also craving a marquee signing after the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward revealed earlier this summer that breaking the world transfer record for the right player would be a distinct possibility.

United have spent close to £60 million on Herrera and Luke Shaw this summer - but whether that will be enough to close the gap on the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City this season is extremely uncertain.

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