Serie A champions Juventus should take full advantage of Manchester United’s need to spend by demanding huge money for Chilean bulldozer Arturo Vidal.
The 27-year-old was reportedly identified as Louis van Gaal’s chief transfer target last summer, only for a move to fail to materialise and the player instead remain in Turin. However his performances have begun to wane and, amid reports of the Premier League giants rekindling their interest, Massimiliano Allegri should crank up the price in order to free up funds for a summer splurge at the end of the season.
Van Gaal’s appointment in the summer immediately coincided with United being linked with a move for just about every big name in world football, particularly given the mediocrity supporters had to endure with David Moyes at the helm.
Ander Herrera, Daley Blind and Angel Di Maria all moved to the Theatre of Dreams, but Vidal was the name on the lips of many of the United faithful and the player many harboured hopes of seeing in the Premier League. Numerous reports have stated that the Chilean was livid that the club failed to sanction any sale, with Allegri’s reluctance to sell a big name so early into his managerial tenure cited as a chief reason for the deal to collapse.
Now rumours have resurfaced that United may return with a £14 million bid for his services, but with the Old Lady keen to improve their form in the Champions League they should demand huge money to spend in the right areas in the summer.
Despite his attitude this term questionable, Vidal remains one of the best midfielders on the planet having become a cult hero in Italy ever since moving from Bayer Leverkusen in July 2011. Under the stewardship of Antonio Conte he played a major role as the club won three Scudetto’s in successive seasons, a record that could stretch to four if Allegri leads them to the country’s major prize in his first season at the job.
Vidal has established himself as an explosive player capable of producing on the grandest of stages, and with his warrior-like instincts it appears obvious why Van Gaal is so keen to bring him to English shores.
If Juventus could demand £40 million for his services it could allow Allegri to improve the squad drastically in the summer. They may wish to prioritise a forward if goal machine Carlos Tevez returns to Boca Juniors, with Palermo’s Paulo Dybala being widely tipped for a move to Turin in the foreseeable future.
There is also mounting speculation that midfielder Claudio Marchisio could leave in the summer, and his departure would mean another void would need filling if they are to challenge for the game’s greatest gongs next term.