Several major bookmakers have stopped taking bets on Arturo Vidal joining Manchester United, according to The Daily Star.
The English tabloid claims Unibet, 32Red and 888sport have all suspended betting on the Chilean becoming a Manchester United player before the end of the transfer window.
All three outlets offered 7/2 yesterday morning, eventually cutting the odds to 6/4 before cutting out of the market today. Skybet and Betfair are still offering the chance to place a bet, but at 1/10, it represents little value.
Reacting to news
The bookmakers have seemingly responded to a drive in reports linking Vidal with a move to Old Trafford. Widespread reports claim that representatives of the 27-year-old have put pen to paper on a five-year deal worth a staggering £182,000-a-week.
Vidal’s agent Fernando Felicevich has reportedly been in talks with Manchester United officials since early this week hammering out the terms should Louis van Gaal manage to agree a transfer fee with Juventus.
The news came to fruition on Thursday morning despite the fact that Juventus had reportedly set a deadline of August 6 for Vidal to sort out his future. Although Turin officials seemed keen to cash in on Vidal, they also remain under little pressure to sell.
Manchester United seem to be playing to waiting game with regards to Vidal with a number of British papers claiming that interest from Van Gaal has dwindled because of concerns regarding the player's fitness. Vidal has suffered afflictions to his knee in the past and meeting the £42 million asking price is considered somewhat of a risk.
Despite Van Gaal's reported concerns, Manchester United fans seem to have their heart set on the box-to-box midfielder. His dominating performances in Serie A and the World Cup have left Old Trafford drooling at the prospect of Vidal linking up with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
Manchester United certainly have the money to sign Vidal and to pay him the reportedly £182,000-a-week, but whether Van Gaal sees him as value for money remains a mystery. It seems Van Gaal's immediate priorities lie with Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen.