Manchester United may have been handed a transfer boost from the most unlikely of sources; an Italian nightclub.
You heard it right, and of course we’re talking about Arturo Vidal’s well-publicised antics prior to the Juventus vs Roma match. The Chile international was reportedly out late drinking and even got involved in a scuffle, meaning that he’s not really the flavour of the month in Turin at the moment.
Now, as a result of his actions, Italian media are claiming that Juventus want showdown talks with the player, which could determine his future at the club and whether or not he remains on the ‘unsellable’ list.
According to the Daily Express Vidal is no longer deemed indispensable after the incident, and therefore United are lurking with intent ahead of a possible January bid. The Red Devils were hotly linked with a big bid for the playmaker in the summer transfer window, only to be flatly refused in all their advances.
However Louis van Gaal, despite having spent over £150million, remains keen to further bolster his ranks, and the recent quotes from Roma which state Kevin Strootman won’t be sold to Old Trafford, mean Vidal may be the most viable option left.
The World Cup star has proven that he is capable at competing at the highest level and, despite concerns over his fitness and off-field behaviour, would certainly improve Van Gaal's midfield.
At the moment Daley Blind is working in a role protecting the back four, but there remains a question over who will partner him in the central position. The injury to Michael Carrick, sustained before the start of the season, has rendered him useless until at least after this international break, whilst Darren Fletcher has his fair share of critics following his return from a lengthy layoff enforced by ulcerative colitis.
Ronaldo move collapses
Meanwhile United fans will finally be forced to come to terms with the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo will not be making a sensational homecoming before he hangs up his boots. Recent rumours have sent the club’s supporters into overdrive, suggesting that Ronaldo might be poised to make a world-record return.
However his agent, Jorge Mendes, has now categorically denied the possibility of that happening, stating that it is ‘impossible.’ The revelations will certainly be a blow to United fans who thought the deal would be feasible, particularly those who had paid to see a plane flown over Madrid's fixture against Villarreal saying 'COME HOME CRISTIANO'.