It’s rare in the modern day game that a transaction is made which is to the benefit of all parties involved. Clubs frequently buy and sell assets depending on their ambitions moving forward, but for the most part it’s the big sides that win, and the smaller clubs that lose out.
Having the financial clout to bully other clubs into submission, or a reputation that means a player is willing to sever all ties at his current club to get a big move, puts you in a pretty good position. Just ask Manchester City about the first, or perhaps Real Madrid about the latter.
In fact it’s so rare to stumble upon a transfer rumour which details a deal wherein both sides involved get a fair return, that when one does spring up, more than just one set of fans want to take it seriously.
Such is the case with the latest instalment to the Arturo Vidal saga, with reports claiming that Juventus would consent to playing out their part in potentially the biggest transfer of the year should they receive an offer from Manchester United which amounts to €48 million plus Javier Hernandez and Nani.
On the face of it the sums included are extortionate, and there's plenty of footballing purists who would no doubt kick up a fuss as to the money scheduled to be taken from United’s bank account. However, upon analysis it seems as though the proposal in question could culminate in the best possible outcome for all. Here’s why...
Anyone who believes Juventus will be ready to dispense off the services of Vidal readily clearly doesn’t grasp quite how important he is to their ambitions. The fact that the club were entertaining the idea of selling him to United this summer is said to have factored into Antonio Conte’s decision to leave his post as manager, and the demands they have made of Louis van Gaal are ambitious to say the least.
Yet if their requests are met then even Massimo Allegri, who will no doubt have plotted his immediate future with Vidal at the centre of his plans, won’t have much cause for complaint. The Italian giants would be collecting a king’s ransom, which could in turn fuel their own transfer ambitions, whilst also bolstering their squad with two players who are rich in top level experience.
Neither Hernandez or Nani have ever served as a key component in the United machine but their time in the Premier League will have more than adequately prepared them for what Serie A has to offer, and Juventus’ overall squad quality would improve as a result of their respective inclusions.
The benefits to be had on United’s part are there for all to see, not least centering around the fact that they’d be able to remove two large wage bills from their books. The pursuit of Vidal has left Van Gaal courting an embarrassing rejection right from the off, and the addition of such a talent would give plenty cause for optimism that United can bounce back to their previous perch at the summit of English football at the first time of asking.
Essentially they wouldn’t be losing much with ousting Hernandez and Nani from their seats on the bench either, aside from maybe the little Mexican’s penchant for being a handy super-sub. With Ed Woodward’s recent boasts over United having the money to break records to get the best players around fresh in the memory, is there really any downside to the hefty outlay?
Hernandez could maybe salvage some sort of an Old Trafford if he was intent on staying, but the dominance of the partnership Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie have set up means that his opportunities will be fleeting at best.
Nani on the other hand will struggle to be afforded any real game-time at all, regardless of the fact that he signed a new five-year deal only last year. The Portuguese winger has been widely criticised by the United faithful for not being nearly consistent enough to be relied upon, and his form in England’s top flight seems to get worse with each passing campaign.
As such the chance to move to Italy would provide both men with an avenue in which to resurrect their careers, and transform from being perennial substitutes to important assets. Juve’s participation in the Champions League, plus their unerring grip on the Serie A title of late, means that they wouldn’t necessarily be taking a step down in quality, which is another bonus.
United fans, would you be content to see Van Gaal sanction a €48m + Hernandez and Nani bid for Vidal? Let us know in the comments box below...