If Manchester United fail to sign £47m Vidal, who is the best alternative?

Arturo Vidal

Manchester United are hopeful of signing Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal this summer but who could they target if a deal fails to be reached for the Chile star?

The Juventus midfielder has been continuing with training in Italy ahead of the new Serie A campaign with the Italian champions as ‘doubts’ over his fitness, due to a knee injury, could scupper the proposed move to United that his national team boss Jorge Sampaoli suggests has been ‘agreed’ by the two clubs.

“I know that the main problem in Vidal’s $80m (£47m) transfer from Juventus to Manchester United is Louis van Gaal’s doubt over the improvement of Arturo's knee,” Sampaoli stated.

Reports have suggested in recent weeks that United could turn their attention to Atletico Madrid and Turkey midfielder Arda Turan but the 27-year-old is a winger, not a central or defensive midfielder that club clearly feel they need in Vidal.

Meanwhile, United were heavily linked with interest in Sporting Lisbon and Portugal youngster William Carvalho who is now rumoured to be interesting Premier League rivals Arsenal. The Red Devils could sign the 22-year-old defensive midfielder for a fee of £37 million which is reportedly the player’s buyout clause but reports elsewhere have suggested Arsenal could be negotiating a deal closer to £27 million.

Another player linked this summer with a move to the Emirates is Germany star Sami Khedira who could be on his way out of the Bernabeu. The 27-year-old midfielder has just won the World Cup and his displays were commanding for the world champions, his age and experience at the highest level are, in many ways, superior to Vidal. The 6ft2” German could be available for less than the reported £47 million United are willing to spend on his Chilean counterpart.

A player that every United fan would no doubt love to see come in is former protégé Paul Pogba who the Red Devils let go in 2012. The 21-year-old took all the plaudits for France at the World Cup this summer but it would take a lot of money and convincing on United’s part to persuade Juventus to let him to and the player to return to Old Trafford.

Lars Bender is another name linked with a move to the Premier League and the German could be available for much less than Vidal or his countryman Khedira. His performances for Bayer Leverkusen have seen him become a fringe player for Germany but at 25 years old he still has time to develop and force his way into Joachim Low’s first team in the future.

Another Bundesliga talent whose future remains uncertain is Javi Martinez at Bayern Munich. The Spain international has been kept out of the national team by Sergio Busquets but the national team’s dismal display in Brazil could see him emerge as a candidate to freshen things up and move to United would certainly open the door for him to improve his game under Louis van Gaal.

Pound for pound, Sami Khedira would be a suitable option due to his similar age, level of experience and potential availability for a move to another big club. He is in the prime of his career and can function in a range of different teams and styles of plays, making him probably the most suited to the Premier League.

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