Manchester United still in Arturo Vidal transfer race

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Manchester United are still trying to sign Arturo Vidal before the close of the summer transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.

The Chilean has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford over the past few months, but it seemed as though he was staying put with Juventus after insisting he was happy in Italy last week.

Dropped interest?

Reports coming out of Manchester United claimed that they had dropped their interest in Vidal - but now the Mail insist that isn't the case. The paper report that the Red Devils remain keen on adding him to their squad before deadline day on Monday, and that a previous bid of £30 million has been raised to £35 million.

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Still that is unlikely to be enough to persuade Juventus to sell up, and if Manchester United want him they may have to fork over more cash.

Their spending for this window currently stands at around £133 million, and that figure should rise when Daley Blind arrives from Ajax shorty. That means their spending could reach close to £200 million come the end of the window.


In order to balance the spending there are expected to be plenty of players on the way out of the Old Trafford exit door. Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez, Ashley Young and Anderson are amongst those who could leave as new boss Louis van Gaal looks to trim his squad.

The former Barcelona boss has had a frustrating time in charge of Manchester United so far - he arrived late after the World Cup and had to take his team on a tour of north America which he complained was too long. That has also impacted his ability to sign the players he wants, and the Mail say that is why the deal for Vidal is going down to the wire.

A positive end to deadline day would certainly be welcomed by the club's fans - they could only muster a 0-0 draw against Burnley yesterday as Manchester United continued their worst start to a season in 22 years. 

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