Manchester United to return for Arturo Vidal in January

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Manchester United are likely to return for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal in the January transfer window after being informed by AS Roma that Kevin Strootman will not be leaving the Italian club in the New Year.

Roma chief Walter Sabatini has warned the Red Devils that they stand no chance of signing the Netherlands international, who Louis van Gaal is a huge fan of and reportedly wants to sign when the transfer window re-opens.

“How much is Strootman worth? There’s no price for him because he’s not for sale,” Sabatini told reporters. “He’ll be our big mid-season signing [when he returns from injury]. We’ve had to make do without a magnificent footballer these last few months.”

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United to return for Vidal

However, according to the Metro, this could mean that Van Gaal reverts to his original plan of signing Chile international Vidal from Juventus instead.

United were constantly linked with the world-class midfielder throughout the summer months but, despite the intense speculation, a move failed to materialise.

Van Gaal instead spent £103 million on the signings of Angel di Maria, Daley Blind and Ander Herrera. The aforementioned trio are likely to occupy United’s central midfield up until January.

United still need world-class holding midfielder

But it’s believed that the Premier League giants still need a top-level holding midfielder - like Strootman or Vidal - in order to close the gap on Chelsea and Manchester City at the top of the table.

Strootman would have been the cheaper option. It’s believed that the 24-year-old would have set United back around £25 million.

Vidal, however, could cost at least £40 million. But there’s a chance that Juventus might be more open to negotiate in January, by which time Paul Pogba should have signed his contract extension by the Turin outfit.

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