Arturo Vidal has been linked for months on end with a proposed move to Old Trafford but Manchester United may be preparing to make one last attempt to sign the Juventus star via a part exchange deal.
According to The Independent, United could offer Juventus either striker Javier Hernandez or playmaker Shinji Kagawa as part of the deal, but which of those two departures would be most palatable to the club and the fans?
Chicharito is undoubtedly the more popular of the pair – prior to the arrival of Robin van Persie he was one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s most dangerous weapons, especially from the substitutes bench. The 26-year-old needs regular starts, however, to rebuild his form and confidence but with the Dutchman and Wayne Rooney ahead of the Mexican in the pecking order, he is unlikely to achieve that on a regular enough basis at Old Trafford.
Hernandez has scored 59 goals in 153 appearances for the Red Devils since signing in 2010 and some of his goals have been sublime efforts which the Old Trafford faithful will not forget for years to come but if it meant signing a powerhouse midfield talent like Arturo Vidal, surely they would wish him away in an instant.
However, attacker Shinji Kagawa has never really found his form and confidence at United. Since he arrived his performances have been inconsistent and, at times, anonymous in midfield and attacking areas, for both David Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson.
Whether Louis van Gaal can get the best out of the Japan international who was such a dangerous player during his time at Borussia Dortmund remains to be seen but United haven’t got the time to take chances at present, and the early signs are not good.
The midfielder is 25 years of age and has never shown the quality he is capable of at United, despite being given opportunities where possible in a number of different positions and the arrival of Juan Mata in January and now Angel Di Maria, as well as the emergence of youngster Adnan Januzaj, it would look as though his opportunities will be somewhat limited at United.
Chicharito’s contract expires in less than two years and he has stated he is dissatisfied with his lack of action at Old Trafford. A striker of his age and talent would be much easier to sell in principle to Juventus where, despite Kagawa’s technical quality, one wonders whether he would be as effective as he was in the Bundesliga in such a tactical league as Serie A.
Either way, however, fans would surely give them both up if they could sign the most-wanted man in Turin in Arturo Vidal.