Former Manchester United star Mikael Silvestre has urged Louis van Gaal to splash €120 million on bringing both Angel di Maria and Arturo Vidal to Old Trafford, as he believes they would both be ideal additions to the current squad.
United have been hotly linked with a move for both players in the past few weeks, and their statuses at their respective clubs means that departures could be feasible, so long as the right amount is placed on the table. The €60 million-rated Di Maria appears to have lost his place in the Real Madrid first-team following the arrival of James Rodriguez, whereas it’s believed Juventus would be willing to part ways with Vidal for around €60 million in order to fund their own ambitions.
As such it would appear that Van Gaal may be able to land both men, so long as he consents to break the United club record for money spent on a player, twice. Yet that’s an avenue that former fan favourite Silvestre is backing him to go down, as the Frenchman played up the idea of the Red Devils making both Vidal and Di Maria Premier League stars.
“Of course those two [Di Maria and Vidal] players are great," Silvestre told Goal.
"They are top players and will lift United. United is one club which is famous and everybody wants to go there, including the top players like Angel di Maria. I think they will be a good addition to the current squad."
Van Gaal’s plans
Naturally the aforementioned pair aren’t the only names said to be on Van Gaal’s wish list, and if the Dutchman has his way then there may not be a need for either man. Fiorentina’s wing wizard, Juan Cuadrado, finds himself embroiled in the middle of a transfer wrangle between United and Barcelona, and if Van Gaal can get his hands on the Colombian he would certainly have little need for Di Maria.
The 26-year-old was in fine form at the World Cup, and his £32 million price tag means he could be brought in with plenty of money to spare. It’s believed he would prefer to make a move to Catalonia if given an open choice, but Luis Enrique already has Dani Alves and Martin Montoya to compete for the right-back berth, and the fee on Cuadrado’s head could be enough to put him off.
With regards to Vidal however the situation is more straight forward. Van Gaal is keen to find a partner for Ander Herrera in the centre of midfield, with newly-made vice-captain Darren Fletcher and the currently injured Michael Carrick his only real options.
Vidal is possessive of the sort of world-class talents United are keen to associate with the club following their disastrous last campaign, and a successful transfer for the Chilean would considerably bolster the team’s chances of reclaiming the Premier League title at the first time of asking.
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