Manchester United are very close to completing a double swoop of Radamel Falcao and Arturo Vidal. Towards the end of this summer’s transfer window, Louis Van Gaal negotiated a deal that saw Falcao move to Old Trafford on a season long loan and his currently weighing up a bid to make his stay a permanent one with a mouth watery deal of about £250,000/week. Over the last four months, Manchester United have spent over £150m in a bid to rejuvenate the team that struggled last season and the United boss has also engaged in some pruning with Cleverly, Nani, Welbeck, and Kagawa amongst others heading out of the club.
If there is a player that received the highest media hype about a possible switch to Old Trafford, then it is Arturo. The Chilean having impressed at the World Cup in Brazil caught the attention of United’s boss, the deal appeared so imminent that even for a while, some bookies suspended betting on his move. Also the fact that theJuventus midfielder chose to keep mute for most of the summer did little to quell the rumours. Many pundits have pointed at the 27 year old’s recurrent knee issues as the reason why Van Gaal choose to steer clear but with recent reports, Van Gaal appeared to have been convinced enough to commit to a deal.
Manchester United’s boss made little secret of his possible midfield prospects and has since acquired two of them in Daley Blind and Angel Di Maria. The other two, AS Roma’s Kevin Strootman and Arturo Vidal are currently under close monitoring by the Old Trafford outfit. Arturo who is clearly one of the best box-to-box players around is valued around £52m and Juventus will even attempt to get more for their highly coveted player.
It remains to be seen if Juventus will even be ready to listen to offers for the Chilean giving the fact that big spenders Manchester City are already lurking around Paul Pogba. If Pogba is finally let go, United might have to cast their net elsewhere, and probably inch towards their plan B, Strootman.
With Falcao already starring for United, making his deal permanent should be a piece of cake, in fact several reports have confirmed that the player has agreed personal terms at Manchester. Also with Robin Van Persie growing older, Van Gaal may be looking for an immediate replacement having already dispatched Danny Welbeck and Hernandez (On loan) to make space for James Wilson who clearly isn’t experienced enough to play at the highest stage at the moment. If Manchester United can garner the £45m fee requested by PSG, then they can have the Colombian.
However the real deal will be for Manchester United to stick it up to Juventus and price away Vidal so that United can have a combative cum defensive midfielder in the middle of the park. For a team that hopes to force its way back to the Champions League clique, they must be able to match the quality that Chelsea has in Matic or Manchester City’s Toure and with all sincerity, Arturo Vidal is one of the very few around.