On the opening day of the January transfer window, the Mirror ran a report claiming Manchester United were ready to break the bank for a midfielder who would transform their side.
That man was Juventus player Arturo Vidal, a 26-year-old with so much talent he is hailed in some quarters as the best midfielder currently playing the game.
The Chilean international is believed to have no inclination to leave Turin, but the report claimed a lucrative deal could help change his mind.
Given Juventus’s resurgence and United’s apparent freefall, it appeared to be a move that was more fantasy than reality, and with a market value of around £40million, he would not come cheap – hence the bank-breaking analogy.
It is no surprise Vidal is on David Moyes’ radar when his stats show a player who has scored five goals in just six Champions League matches, and scored eight goals and provided four assists in 18 Serie A games.
But the most recent headlines surrounding Vidal have nothing to do with football.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo has run a story on apparent reports in Italy that claim Vidal has been the victim of a burglary.
According to the report, the burglary happened yesterday evening, with the thieves said to have taken advantage of Vidal’s absence.
The report also claims the thieves managed to break into a safe and take €60,000 in cash and jewellery worth €90,000.
No further information is yet available.
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