Manchester United are hopeful that a massive £200k-a-week offer will be enough to persuade Chilean ace Arturo Vidal to head to the club.
The Red Devils have been linked with the player for a while now and a lot has happened in the process. Antonio Conte shockingly resigned from the post of the Serie A champions’ manager and one of the reason cited was the club’s unwillingness to hold on to big names like Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal, both of whom have been linked with a move to top clubs in Europe. Director Pavel Nedved insisted that Conte was fed-up with the disagreements with the management, but reiterated that the club would not be selling their top players. New manager Allegri would also hope that he is able to keep all his star players at the club.
But United can be boosted by Nedved’s most recent comments as he said that even though the club was not looking to sell Vidal or Pogba, it would have to consider their sales if a huge offer was made. He said, “Our strategy is clear; we want to keep all our best players, including Vidal and Pogba. We don’t want to sell anyone, especially Vidal. Certainl, if there were a high bid for them, we’d have to think about it but we don’t want to sell our champions. We want to be competitive in the Champions League and the only sales to be players who are not part of our plans.”
United are now reported to be making a fresh £40m bid for the midfielder along with making a 200k weekly wage offer to the player, a package which could be very difficult to turn down. This lucrative offer might persuade the Chile international to join forces with Louis van Gaal. However, when the player was asked about interests from other clubs, he said that he might finish his career at Juventus.
‘I’ve heard of interest from Real [Madrid], from [Manchester] United, but that’s for someone else to worry about”, said Vidal
‘It’s difficult to talk about another team when you already play for a big one. I have run out champions three times here, I have respect for my teammates. Perhaps I will stay the rest of my life at Juventus. When I arrive in Italy, I’ll talk with the coach and we’ll see what happens.”
Whether Vidal will be able to be successfully courted by United remains to be seen and it is guaranteed that this is going to be one of the most exhausting transfer stories of the summer. If United are able to rope him in, it would certainly put them on the right track to directly compete for the title after finishing seventh in the league last time