United transfer latest: van Gaal to make 'quick calls', Vidal's comments and more

Arturo Vidal

News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.

Manchester United legend Bryan Robson believes Louis van Gaal can spark an ‘instant revival’ for the Red Devils who he believes can ‘bounce straight back’ under the Dutch coach next season.

"A lot of the players let themselves down and didn't perform the way they had under Sir Alex," Robson told BBC Sport. "They will be up for the challenge and will be excited by the new coach."

Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that Louis van Gaal will make ‘quick calls’ on United’s fringe players, named as Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley, Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa, Darren Fletcher and Ashley Young to decide whether those six players will face the ‘axe’ at Old Trafford.

Louis van Gaal ordered the players to eat together in order to build ‘team spirit’ in the squad.

In transfer news, United have taken two Benfica youngsters on trial. The highly-rated Joao Filipe and Joao Virginia are reportedly being monitored by the club.

Winger Joao Filipe is hailed as ‘the next Cristiano Ronaldo’ according to Sky Sports.

Meanwhile, The Express reports that Arturo Vidal’s proposed move to United is in doubt due to the Chile midfielder being too ‘costly’, valued around £35 million by Italian champions Juventus.

The Mirror, however, reports United are ‘wary’ of signing Vidal due to his knee injury, which could ‘derail’ the move.

Arturo Vidal himself also suggested he won’t force a move to United, insisting he is happy with Juventus.

"I am already at a great team like Juventus. That's why it will not be a problem if the chance to join Manchester United falls through," he told Chilevision.

"I am not thinking about where to go next. I just want to enjoy my holiday here in Chile with the people I love. We will see what happens when I get back to Italy."

Elsewhere, Dutch outfit Feyenoord are ‘willing to listen’ to offers for Stefan De Vrij with United reportedly interested in the Netherlands defender.

"If the right club comes along and puts in a good offer, we will definitely look at it,” stated Feyenoord sporting director Martin van Geel.

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani wants to move to the Premier League, leaving the door open to a possible move away from Paris Saint-Germain.

In other news, following the club’s announcement of their £750 million sponsorship with Adidas on Monday, Manchester United are now the most valuable sports team in the world, according to Forbes.

Finally, United legend Gary Neville believes Luke Shaw is a ‘fantastic’ signing and refutes suggestions the England left-back was overpriced.

“You are talking about real brilliant potential. The reason United spent £27m on a left-back at his age is because they see the huge talent and I can only endorse that talent,” said Neville.

“You have to watch him at close hand to realise that this is an incredible and hugely talented football player. Luke Shaw is fantastic.”

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