Manchester United are hopeful they can still land midfielder Arturo Vidal from Juventus, either this month or in the summer. But Now it really looks like it will have to be the summer, if there’s any chance at all.
Yesterday, any hopes that United may have had of agreeing some sort of deal for Arturo Vidal appeared to be extinguished when the player announced his intentions to stay in Turin for the foreseeable future.
United of course have been scouting at Juventus for a second reason recently. United Manager David Moyes is reportedly very keen on Vidal’s teammate Claudio Marchisio.
By the way, Arturo Vidal one-upped the braggadocio of NFL player Richard Sherman, one of the dominant story-lines of Sunday’s Super Bowl. Vidal proclaimed last week:
“I’m the best in the world” at his position.
Interesting. You got to love that confidence. And Arturo Vidal would be the perfect fit for the Red Devils, he is the exact kind of midfielder that United needs, and midfield is the number one position that the Reds need to fill. Vidal just signed a new contract with Juventus a couple months ago, and he would cost about 35 million.
However, the Glazers have deep pockets and they’ve given Moyes plenty of checks to hand out, so money wouldn’t be the object. And that’s good because the rumors and gossip are saying the bid would be 40+ million. According to the Daily Mirror, the 26-year-old was a target for David Moyes over the summer but the deal was never closed.
“If Arturo Vidal intends to stay put for the current window, then Moyes should angle for a summer switch when the Chilean international could presumably be far more open to the prospect of a new challenge.”
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