The Europa League final in Turin on Wednesday provided Sir Alex Ferguson with the perfect opportunity to kick-start Manchester United’s summer transfer arrangements.
During the match, images of the 72-year-old having a discussion with Juventus coach Antonio Conte circulated across various social media outlets.
Here are three reasons why the Juventus midfielder is the perfect transfer target for the Manchester outfit:
1) He is the world’s best box-to-box midfielder
The 26-year-old is arguably the best midfielder in the world in his position. His box-to-box style has made a big impact on the Italian top flight since his move from Bayer Leverkusen and his nickname - The Warrior - provides an indication of the qualities he would bring to the Red Devils’ midfield department.
Vidal is the near-perfect all-around player. He can attack and defend, he is tough and uncompromising, and he can pass and dribble. The Chilean has been an integral member of the midfield which has helped Juventus to a third successive Serie A title this season, contributing with 11 goals and six assists from the centre of the park. United need to recruit world-class talent and Vidal certainly meets this criterion.
2) He is the perfect player to solve the club’s current midfield deficiencies
Manchester United are in dire need of a world-class central midfielder this summer and have targeted Vidal to fill that role. The club does not currently have a player who can offer the classic box-to-box contribution that the 4-4-2 formation demands. He would provide the solution to a distinct lack of strength and athleticism in midfield.
None of United’s current players have defensive skills comparable to Vidal's, and he would shore up the side defensively. The Chilean would also offer a considerable improvement going forward. None of the club’s midfielders have scored more than six goals this season, while Vidal has almost twice this number to his name.
3) At the right price, he could be available
Juventus could genuinely be willing to sell Vidal, if their asking price is met, as it would provide financial assistance in their bid to keep hold of youngster Paul Pogba.
With the money raised from the Chilean’s sale, the club will have the freedom to improve Pogba's contract, while making a move for Barcelona pair Adriano and Alexis Sanchez.
United are in a position to offer the player any terms he wants, especially with the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic being removed from the wage bill. Ultimately, money will now be available at Old Trafford.
According to Sportmediaset, United have offered something in the region of €30-32 million (£24.5-26m) for the Chilean, which is still €8m (£6m) short of Juventus’ valuation.