Manchester United have had a €43 million offer for Juventus star Arturo Vidal rejected according to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.
GdS claim United have started the bidding for the Chilean midfielder who has been linked with an Old Trafford switch for most of the summer.
Vidal is well suited to the midfield of Louis van Gaal’s 3-5-2 system but there have been conflicting reports all summer over whether he actually wants to or could leave the Italian champions.
The rejection of the reported offer by Juventus can be seen in one of two ways.
Firstly, and most likely, it could be a sign the Serie A giants are determined to keep Vidal at the club, as he’s a world class box-to-box midfielder.
Secondly, it could be a sign that Juventus are trying to hold United to ransom to get the best possible fee out of any deal before the transfer deadline this Monday.
All of Manchester United’s deals this summer have seen the Old Trafford side flexing their financial muscles.
In short, Juventus know United have cash and they know they’re looking for players so they can delay any deal to try and get a bigger fee.
Where United could pull the plug on any plans for a second bid is if it becomes clear that they are going to have to play more for Vidal than Louis van Gaal thinks the player is worth.
United are capable of doing big transfer deals as the move for Angel Di Maria showed but LvG and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will be wary of the club being taken for a ride over the next few days.
It will be fascinating to see if United go all out for Vidal in the same way they went after Di Maria.