Manchester United offer stunning £182,000-a-week contract to Vidal - report

Arturo Vidal

According to reports in Italy today, Manchester United have offered Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal a £182,000 per week contract.

United have enjoyed a superb pre-season under new manager Louis van Gaal, with the Red Devils winning all of their games with the Dutchman so far. New signings are now expected having assessed the current playing squad, despite the additions of Southampton left back Luke Shaw and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.

Yet whilst Herrera is a smart addition, the club still need to improve the midfield. Marouane Fellaini was an unmitigated disaster in his first season, whilst Michael Carrick is out injured for some time yet. Adding another midfielder appears to be top of van Gaal's list of priorities – and Chilean international Vidal is his main target.

The 27-year-old has established himself as one of the top midfielders in Europe since his 2011 switch from Bayer Leverkusen to Juventus, exhibiting his exceptional energy and penchant for goalscoring during his time in Serie A.

The story goes that Vidal was a target for then-Bayern Munich boss van Gaal after the Duthcman witnessed his exploits in the Bundesliga, and now the 62-year-old could finally get his hands on Vidal after speculation in Italy suggested that Vidal has verbally agreed terms over a stunning contract offer from United.

Currently set to earn €6m per year at Juve, United have offered him a staggering £182,000 per week according to La Stampa – which is around double what he currently makes in Turin. The two clubs have still yet to agree a fee for Vidal, but it's believed that Juve would be looking for at least £40m in order to let him go.

£9.5m per year in wages on top of a £40m transfer fee would make any deal for Vidal incredibly expensive, but it's clear that van Gaal is enamoured with the Chilean and is prepared to pay whatever it takes to get him – if the latest reports from Italy are indeed true.

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