Man Utd Could Land Key Target In Bargain €20m Deal, But Man City Also Keen
Manchester United could finally land long-term target Arturo Vidal in a bargain €20m deal this summer but they’ll face stiff competition from Manchester City
The January transfer window is now closed but that won’t stop the newspapers from speculating ahead of the summer so we’ll bring you all the news and gossip. Today, Man Utd and Man City are linked with a bargain move for Arturo Vidal….
Manchester United could finally land long-term target Arturo Vidal in a bargain €20m deal this summer but they’ll face stiff competition from Manchester City for his signature, according to reports today.
United were strongly linked with Vidal last summer and were reportedly close to taking him to Old Trafford after tabling a £40m bid but Juventus refused to sanction the deal.
The Chilean international ended up staying in Turin but he’s struggled to replicate his best form this season as he’s been hampered by fitness issues related to a long-standing knee injury.
The Express are now citing reports coming out of Italy that claim Juve are ready to cash-in this summer and could make the midfielder available for as little as €20m (£14.1m).
The newspaper suggests this news has alerted United with Louis van Gaal ready to renew his interest in the 27-year-old, but they’ll face stiff competition from rivals Man City as Manuel Pellegrnini is also understood to be keen on bringing Vidal to England.
If this report is accurate and Vidal will be made available at the end of the season then no doubt the likes of United will be interested as van Gaal has already said his priority this summer will be to sign a new midfielder and the Chilean would add a whole new dimension to the 20-time champions side.
However, I fail to believe Juventus have dropped their asking price to just €20m. They supposedly rejected €55m (£40m) less than 12 months ago, so despite his patchy form, I doubt the Serie A champions feel he’s worth just €20m this summer.
It sounds like idle paper talk to me. If Juve are open to selling Vidal, I think it would still take a bid in the region of £35m-£40m to land him in today’s market. I’m sure any club, be it United or City, would put him through a strict medical due to his knee issues, but on his day he’s still a world class midfielder.
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