Manchester United may have dodged a massive bullet after Arturo Vidal aggravated his troubled knee on international duty for Chile, reports The Daily Express.
The Juventus star was linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout the entire summer, but a move failed to materialise. Even on transfer deadline day, reports still insisted that a £40 million deal would come to fruition before Monday's 11pm deadline.
However, despite admitting his affinity towards the talismanic midfielder, Louis van Gaal was believed to have massive reservations about signing Vidal. The 27-year-old has had trouble with his right knee and required surgery towards the end of last season.
He was clearly unfit at the World Cup for Chile and Van Gaal was worried about wasting a significant portion of his transfer budget on an unfit player. Those fears may have just been realised.
According to the report, Vidal broke down during a routine training session whilst on international duty with Chile. He is currently in Miami where Chile face Mexico and Haiti but is set to undergo tests before returning to Italy.
There are suggestions that Vidal may have to go under the knife once again in an attempt to alleviate the problem. Such a procedure is likely to keep Vidal out for a significant amount of time.
The news will be a bitter blow for Juventus manager Massimo Allegri, who is also trying to cope without the injured Andrea Pirlo. The veteran playmaker is not due to return from injury until early October.
Manchester United interest
Vidal was the player few would have bet against being a Manchester United player by the time the Premier League season started. Various reports went back and forth claiming bids had been made, contracts had been agreed and medicals had been done.
Ultimately, however, it was realised that those reports were widely fictitious. Most news concerning Vidal and Manchester United originated abroad while most respectable publications in the United Kingdom maintained that Van Gaal was not interested.
If it is true that Van Gaal turned down Vidal because of his injury record, then it is a stroke of genius from the Dutchman to not to sign him if the player turns out to have a serious problem.
Instead Manchester United signed Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid and Radamel Falcao from Monaco, who, ironically, has only just recovered from a serious knee injury that kept him out of the World Cup.