Juventus have told Manchester United to have any deal for Arturo Vidal complete by Friday after they launched a £40 million plus Javier Hernandez offer, reports The Daily Star.
Citing reports in Chile, the British tabloid claims that new Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has accepted that Vidal will have to leave if Manchester United meet the club's valuation. He is keen to get his options finalised ahead of their Serie A title defence and, if Vidal is to leave for Old Trafford, he wants it done this week.
Manchester United bid
Manchester United fans have heard countless stories about launched and failed bids for the Chile international. This new report claims that Louis van Gaal has offer £40 million with Javier Hernandez – valued at £15 million by the club – also included in the deal. That would make Vidal the most expensive player in Manchester United's history with their current record held by Juan Mata at £37.1 million.
Juventus are believed to be interested in signing the diminutive striker after he failed to convince Van Gaal to give him a spot in the Old Trafford line up this season. Hernandez is keen to end a frustrating four-year stay in Manchester having also failed to win a first team place under Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes.
Along with a number of bids at varying amounts, Juventus' asking price for the midfield enforcer has also slid up and down the proverbial scale. The latest word on the street is that Juventus asked for around £45 million, meaning Manchester United's latest offer is likely to tempt officials at the Turin outfit.
If Manchester United manage to get the player to Carrington for a medical it is understood Van Gaal will order an extra stringent medical test to alleviate the Dutchman's concerns. Vidal's history of knee injuries reportedly left Van Gaal on the verge of abandoning his pursuit of the player and he must first prove his fitness before any transfer is sanctioned.
There is still the question as to whether Vidal wants to move to Old Trafford. There is no European football on offer at the club while Juventus are favourites for a fourth consecutive title and are likely to challenge in the Champions League. Money is the only thing Manchester United can offer the 27-year-old, as well as the chance to be a key player in a faltering squad.
The player himself did appear to drop a big hint over his affinity towards Manchester United after accepting the request to sign a shirt during a recent training session in Australia. The lucky fan is probably the first to have Vidal's name on his Manchester United shirt and, if Manchester United manage to get a deal done, he won't be the last.