Manchester United are preparing a €66m offer to land Arturo Vidal in the January transfer window.
Reports in Italy in France claim that United have not given up their pursuit of the Chilean international, who was a high profile target for the club over the summer.
In the end, Van Gaal signed Ander Herrera, Daley Blind and Angel Di Maria although he’s still linked with Roma star Kevin Strootman and may be considering Vidal too.
Vidal recently revealed that he is happy to still be at Juventus after a summer of speculation, and he only signed a contract extension with the club less than 12 months ago.
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Vidal an option
However, Tuttosport and Le 10 Sport report that Van Gaal is determined to continue his spending spree in the winter, having splashed out the best part of £150m over the summer.
Vidal will be his top target, with €66m put aside in an effort to convince Juventus to part with their prize midfielder. That would be slightly less than the amount Manchester United paid Real Madrid to sign Di Maria, but it would make Vidal the second highest transfer fee paid by a British club.
Defender or midfielder? Or both?
United still clearly need strengthening in the January window, and Van Gaal has been promised further funds despite the heavy outlay already. A central defender is thought to be a priority, and it’s not hard to see why after United’s poor start to the season defensively.
But central midfield is another area that United could do with bolstering, especially as they’ve lost depth with the departures of squad members like Tom Cleverley.