Juventus star Arturo Vidal and Kevin Strootman of AS Roma are two midfielders who have been heavily linked with moves to the Premier League giants this summer. But as things stand, the Red Devils are not looking very likely to snap up either, let alone both.
However, in recent days, it has been reported that United manager Van Gaal has doubts on the knee injuries of both Vidal and Strootman, which is why the deals are not going through.
Goal.com recently reported that the Dutchman is happy to wait until January to sign his compatriot instead of recruiting a weaker midfielder (click here to read more), while Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli has claimed that Van Gaal has ‘doubts over the condition of his (Vidal’s) knee’.
On the face of it, Van Gaal’s doubts – if indeed he has such doubts – are justified. Although both the midfielders are world class, their injuries could have repercussions in the future. United may be a rich club, but even for the 20-time English champions, spending loads of money on injured players is not worthwhile.
But are these ‘concerns’ just a smokescreen for Van Gaal and United to shelve their (reported) interest in Strootman and Vidal?
With less just than a month of the summer transfer period left, perhaps the three-time European champions have finally relinquished their attempts to recruit their top targets and all these reports of ‘injury concerns’ are just to save face. After all, United backing out on their own sounds more respectable than they being rejected.
Or maybe these ‘concerns’ are just a way of trying to bring the price down. Van Gaal has said that he is not going to name his targets as that would increase their price, and maybe publicly the Manchester outfit are just trying to temper clubs’ hopes of getting big money out of them.
Nevertheless, if United do have the chance to sign Strootman or Vidal, then they should take it regardless of their current injury problems. Both are world-class midfielders – Vidal is actually in his prime – and they will certainly enhance the quality of the squad.