Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal may harbour intentions of landing Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal in the January transfer window, but he’s going to have to put Juan Mata on the line to do so.
Mata for Vidal
According to the Daily Star, citing reports from Italy, Juve boss Massimo Allegri has demanded that Mata is included in any package the Red Devils submit for Vidal if they want it accepted.
The Spaniard, who earns £150k-a-week, has played well at Old Trafford since his January switch from league rivals Chelsea, without ever really performing out of his skin, and the recent influx of attacking players means that Van Gaal may well opt to sell him.
It’s said that the Dutchman is desperate to return to the charge for Vidal, following a failure to recruit the Chilean over the course of the summer, and Mata may well be considered a worthy casualty.
In other news Real Madrid star Raphael Varane has confirmed that he rejected the chance to move to United in 2011 when he left RC Lens, as the club had just signed Phil Jones from Blackburn.
The France international is said to be another target of Van Gaal’s and is tipped for a bright future, but now that he has become an important asset at Madrid it’s unlikely a move will materialise.
On a similar note Jose Mourinho has revealed a statement which somewhat concurs with the young defender, claiming that Varane had ‘one foot in Manchester’ before he swooped for him whilst he was in charge of Los Blancos.
The Special One recruited the French defender after agreeing with then-advisor Zinedine Zidane that he had the potential to be an important player for Madrid, and his prediction appears to have been spot on, with Varane now ranking amongst one of the best young players in Europe.
De Gea offer
And finally Van Gaal looks set to attempt to end the speculation over David de Gea’s future, by offering the goalkeeper a new five-year deal.
Coincidentally it’s Madrid who are rumoured to be desperate to secure his services in order to replace the under performing Iker Casillas, with chief Florentino Perez keen to use super-agent Jorge Mendes to seal the deal.
Of course De Gea is currently one of Van Gaal's most influential players, and so the Dutchman is said to be ready to reward his fine form with a deal worth £120k-a-week; a great improvement on what he is currently earning.