The Daily Mail has claimed that Manchester United’s reported deal for Juventus star Arturo Vidal has hit a stumbling block.
Several reports have suggested that a £35 million deal for the Chilean attacking midfielder has moved closer to being completed, but the national daily newspaper suggests United boss Louis van Gaal doesn’t want to be pushed around over price.
“Manchester United will NOT pursue interest in Arturo Vidal,” writes Simon Jones.
“United's valuation of the player is understood to be several million less than that of the Italian side and the Old Trafford club will not pay over the odds for the 27-year-old Chilean, despite new manager Van Gaal identifying Vidal as one of his leading targets to strengthen his midfield.”
There is still a chance United could do a deal because the volume of reports contradicting the Mail’s claims is still quite high.
Vidal would be a superb addition to the United midfield although it’s arguable there is a more pressing need for a defensive player ahead of another forward thinking player such as Vidal.
Juan Mata, Shinji Kagawa and Ander Herrera all represent very good attacking players who can play through the centre of the team, with Marouane Fellaini capable of providing a physical element going forward.
What United don’t have is someone who can roam the space in front of the back four and protect the defence, which explains why so many have suggested Ajax’s Daley Blind would be a good signing for the club.
This is a stumbling block in a very big deal and certainly doesn’t mean the move should be considered off just yet.
Transfers always involve clubs haggling over fees and considering United aren’t in the Champions League this season, they have to try and get the best value despite paying big for Herrera and Luke Shaw from Southampton.
It will be fascinating to see how this saga unfolds over the next couple of weeks.