Bayern Munich are ready to make a late move to sign Arturo Vidal after Javi Martinez was ruled out for at least six months with a serious knee injury, reports The Daily Express.
The Spanish midfielder was stretchered off during Bayern Munich's 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the German Supercup. Club officials later confirmed Martinez had sustained a ruptured cruciate ligament in his left knee.
With Martinez set for at least six months on the sidelines, Pep Guardiola has been left with few experienced players in the centre of the pitch. The Bavarian outfit have already seen Toni Kroos leave for Real Madrid adding to the crisis.
On top of that, Thiago Alcantara's fitness issues continue to cause concern at the Allianz Arena while new signing Sebastian Rode is not deemed ready to take a prominent role in the starting XI. This has all led to Guardiola hunting for a top quality replacement.
Juventus star Vidal appears to be top of Guardiola's wish list with Bayern Munich ready to battle long-term admirers Manchester United for his signature. The same report claimed Guardiola had weighed up a bid last month and is set to make his interest official.
Bad news for Manchester United
The news will be a big blow for Louis van Gaal, who has been trying to broker a deal to bring Vidal to Old Trafford all summer. With no European football on offer at Manchester United next season, convincing a top star like Vidal to join was always going to be difficult, but Bayern Munich will make the task close to impossible.
While Manchester United have money, a world-class arena and training facilities in the same category, becoming a Red Devil would have appealed to Vidal, but when compared to European juggernauts Bayern Munich, there is no contest.
Not only to Bayern have the most sought-after managers in the world, they also have one of the best arenas in world football and are also one of the few clubs with a higher turnover than Manchester United.
Manchester United's only advantage lies with outcasts Nani and Javier Hernandez. Van Gaal is ready to get rid of both players and Juventus are ready to take them off his hands.
The potential for a player plus cash deal leaves Manchester United the more attractive club to deal with for officials in Turin. However, the final decision will lie with Vidal and if he sets his heart on a move to the Bundesliga, the summer's longest transfer saga will end in failure for Manchester United.