Manchester United target Arturo Vidal 'was never on the market'

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri claims that Arturo Vidal was never Manchester United bound.

Manchester United were the biggest movers in the Transfer Market this summer spending a heap of cash on the likes of Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao. But even with these incomings it is believed that the club missed out on some targets this summer - namely Arturo Vidal of Juventus.

The Chilean was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, with a reported fee of £34 million being mooted in some circles.

United were reportedly looking for some extra dynamism in the heart of their midfield this campaign, with Vidal the perfect option to complete such a role. However, as time went by it became apparent that Vidal was heading nowhere. At one point he looked like he might be on his way, but with days to go before the window closed it was confirmed in Italy that Vidal was not going to leave the club.

Now the Juventus boss has opened up about Vidal's availability this summer. Massimiliano Allegri, who took over to new Italy coach Antonio Conte this summer, has spoken about the transfer market for Juventus today, insisting Vidal was never going anywhere:

"Vidal? He was never on the market. The club told me from the start that he would stay. I'm happy with the business the club did. The aim was to carry out targeted operations, not to buy just for the sake of buying. Ours was an intelligent transfer market. We would have only done something more if we had found a player that would have really lifted the level of the squad."

Manchester United are now said to be targeting AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman when he has fully recovered from his knee injury in January.

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