Manchester United are still pushing hard to complete the signing of Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal - and are prepared to spend up to £42 million to bring the Chile international to Old Trafford before the transfer window closes on Monday night.
This is according to the Metro, who claim that fresh negotiations between United and Juventus took place on Thursday.
Swap deal with Hernandez on the cards
The same report adds that a player-swap deal involving Vidal and Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is “firmly on the cards” ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.
The Red Devils have received offers for Hernandez, who has been told he is free to leave Old Trafford in the next few days, from both Juventus and Valencia this week.
And United are in the process of negotiating a late deal with the Serie A champions, which could see Hernandez move to the Juventus Stadium, with Vidal making the move in the opposite direction.
Personal terms agreed
The Chile international, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s best all-action midfielders, is believed to have agreed a five-year deal with the Red Devils worth £182,000-a-week.
With personal terms reportedly in place, the only things left to settle are the fee between the two clubs and the player’s medical.
Van Gaal has been reluctant to pay over the odds for Vidal this summer because of the player’s potential long-term fitness problem. The 27-year-old underwent surgery on his right knee in May and his recovery has proved a slow and troublesome process.
Although he featured at the World Cup finals in Brazil, he was nowhere close to 100 per cent fitness.
Van Gaal determined to get deal over the line
However, Van Gaal is prepared to take a calculated gamble on the player after enduring a dreadful start to the 2014/15 campaign.
The veteran Dutch coach, who replaced David Moyes in the Old Trafford hot-seat earlier this summer, is still looking for his first competitive victory as Manchester United manager, having lost to Swansea City, drawn with Sunderland and been left humiliated by League One side MK Dons in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.
Van Gaal is currently in the process of revamping his under-performing squad, having broken the British transfer record on Argentina international Angel Di Maria, who cost £59.7 million, earlier this week.
Several first-team players are expected to leave Old Trafford over the coming days, including Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa, while one or two more could still arrive.
United fans are desperately hoping that Vidal is one of those who signs on the dotted line with the Red Devils before Monday’s deadline passes - and it seems that the chances of a deal happening are far from dead with three days left to do business.