Manchester United might finally be ready to put an end to the relentless summer transfer saga involving Arturo Vidal.
According to information from The Daily Star, the Red Devils - who have been linked almost daily with Chilean midfielder Vidal ever since the summer transfer window opened for business - have opened talks with Juventus over a potential deal worth a staggering £45 million to bring the player to Old Trafford.
If such a move went through, Vidal would easily become Manchester United's club-record signing, eclipsing the £37.1 million paid by David Moyes to bring Juan Mata in from Chelsea back in January.
Pre-season preparations must have been very difficult to concentrate on for Vidal, as it seems like not a day has passed in recent weeks where he has not been the subject of the latest transfer rumour.
At times it has been almost impossible to navigate through the sheer weight of speculation surrounding his name, although fans could now be forgiven for holding legitimate hopes that a deal could be in the offing with reports earlier this week also claiming that Manchester United had reached an agreement with Vidal's agent over personal terms worth somewhere in the region of €12 million per-year before tax.
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Vidal is needed
It is certainly not difficult to see why Manchester United hold such an interest in the 27-year-old, however, with Vidal having been instrumental in Juventus' three consecutive Serie A title triumphs since he moved to Turin from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen in 2011.
Following a dreadful 2013/14 Premier League showing under the hapless management of the much-maligned Moyes, Manchester United's squad has been in rather desperate need of strengthening - nowhere more so than in the midfield engine room.
While former Athletic Bilbao favourite Ander Herrera - who was one of several players to impress new manager Louis van Gaal during the recent pre-season tour of the United States - should prove a worthy addition, he needs to be complemented by more of an all-round enforcer such as Vidal.
If Moyes remained at the club, it is surely doubtful that Manchester United would have been considered quite such an attractive transfer destination.
However, the presence of Van Gaal- with his experience and reputation for success across Europe - should ensure that players of Vidal's caliber are not too concerned about a lack of Champions League competition this season.