After setting thousands of mouths wagging all through the summer, only few people could categorically say that by this time, Arturo Vidal will not be marshalling Manchester United’s midfield. Well, the Old Trafford side eventually missed out on the box-to-box midfielder but they have never ceased to watch from a distance the developments surrounding the Chilean.
Arturo made himself widely known with his breath-taking performance with the Chilean national team at the just concluded world cup and in the football season before the world cup and has since then been courted by the Old Trafford giants. Although both Manchester United and Juventus have continuously stated that there were no offers made or received, the rumours have lingered. In fact with recent news filtering in from Turin, it is widely reported that the midfielder is trying very hard to force a move over to Manchester.
Daily Star specifically reported that the 27-year-old was pictured out at a nightclub at around 5am last Friday, just few days to Juventus’s clash with rivals AS Roma in Turin. The report further claimed that as a result of this occurrence, the midfielder was dropped for the game and is now to meet with the club’s top hierarchy.
Now, Manchester United are hoping that the outcome of the meeting will bolster their chances of landing the player who scored 11 goals amidst several assists in the Serie A last season. Many believe that Manchester United are just building castles in the air as regards Vidal, but if you consider that Marcos Rojo also stayed away from training while agitating for a move to Old Trafford, then you can begin to piece it all together.
More so, signing a serious minded midfielder by January is a must for Manchester United if they want to make a better finish this season, than they did last season. If you take a closer look at the Red Devils rivals, you’d realise that each one of them have powerful physical presence in their middle, Chelsea has NemanjaMatic, Manchester City has YayaToure while even Arsenal who as at the moment do not have one are inching closer each day to the signing of Real Madrid’s midfielder Sami Khedira. This importance of having a very strong presence in the middle of the park can be best explained with the recent match between Arsenal and Chelsea, where no matter how articulate the gunners were, the lack of a physical midfield enforcer gave Chelsea’s NemanjaMatic a field day in the midfield as he continuously muscled down the opponent’s onslaught.
Even when the Red Devils haven’t faced any of the top four, their midfield unit is still shaky at best and if they are going to survive this season’s final third, then a player of Arturo Vidal’s ability is important.