In the latest Manchester United transfer news, van Gaal effectively confirms the club will continue to scour the market for a deal.
Manchester United's interest in World Cup star Arturo Vidal was one of the worst kept transfer market secrets of the summer.
The British press have reported on it on a seemingly daily basis while the Italian media, Chilean journalists and international sports writers have also all commented on the likelihood - or unlikelihood as the case may now be - of this transfer coming to fruition.
Before the international tournament in Brazil, Vidal may have had a market valuation of £30 million to £35 million, however, since then, only a £50 million offer appears to be satisfactory enough to prise the coveted midfielder away from his employer; Juventus.
For manager Louis van Gaal it is a source of frustration because, even though he has board-room backing to smash internal transfer records, the Dutchman claims it "is not nice" when the price is raised exorbitantly.
"I cannot say anything fresh about players," he recently said. "That you can understand. When I say something it raises the price, so it’s not nice."
Considering Beppe Marotta's statements of intent regarding the player's future, Vidal's apparent happiness in Turin and van Gaal's latest quotes, is it possible United may now finally be moving on from the 27-year-old?
United have been linked with a wealth of talent in the current window as van Gaal looks to bring order to an unbalanced squad. To date, Angel di Maria, Vidal, Mats Hummels, Thomas Vermaelen, Fredy Guarin, Kevin Strootman, Memphis Depay, Juan Cuadrado and Marco Reus have been the most frequently speculated targets.
What is clear is that - with or without Vidal - the Dutchman is desperate to enter the transfer market, perhaps more than once, before the window closes. But is there enough time for him to bring the balance he craves to Old Trafford?