Manchester United have just three days to follow the signing of Angel di Maria with another acquisition of repute and, if reports in Italy are to be believed, it may well be that Arturo Vidal is the next arrival.
It has been claimed by La Gazetta dello Sport that the agent of the Juventus player has been in Manchester this week to negotiate a contract for his client, and an agreement was struck on a five-year contract worth €153,000-per-week.
There is, however, still a more pressing fee to be finalised - that being the one between Manchester United and Juventus - and it remains unclear if the €50 million asking price will be met before transfer deadline next week.
Vidal, meanwhile, has been asked about his future as it appears to hang in the balance, and offered a response that could be construed as something of a hint that a move to Old Trafford may well happen. Or has he ruled out a move? It depends who you support, of course.
He said: “At this point I do not go away, I stay at Juventus."
Injury concerns aside, Vidal could well be the ideal player to fit into the Manchester United midfield, as Louis van Gaal bids to add a player capable of adding more verve and strength to the options currently available.
The signing of Di Maria would appear to suggest Van Gaal may chose to switch to a midfield diamond formation given the Argentine’s effectiveness operate in a more central role, with he set to play on one side and Ander Herrera the other.
With Juan Mata set to be the No.10 at the summit, a player for the base would be required and Vidal fits that mould. That said, he is hardly a traditional ‘anchor’, with a supreme talent for finding the net, although his engine and commitment are both undoubted.
The 27-year-old would represent a significant upgrade to the players already available to Van Gaal, with Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley currently the only fully fit senior members of the Manchester United squad.
Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini are both out for the long-term and, even if the club fail in their pursuit of Vidal, it still remains an area in real need of reinforcement before the close of the transfer window.