Juventus’ Arturo Vidal may end up at Manchester United yet, with renewed speculation linking him to a January move with Juan Mata going in the opposite direction, but Real Madrid may also be interested in landing the Chilean.
The Arturo Vidal to Manchester United rumour is back on again it seems after a brief pause. United fans had to endure a summer of frenzied speculation regarding the Chilean’s move to Old Trafford, but deadline day came and went without anything happening. There is a new dimension to the rumours this time however and the idea has emerged that Juan Mata may be used as bait to persuade Juventus to let go of the midfielder.
Mata was only signed from Chelsea in January 2014 by David Moyes for a fee of £37.1 million but the Spaniard may be now be surplus to requirements following Louis van Gaal’s summer spending splurge that has left the Red Devils with a surfeit of attacking options.
And conveniently Vidal could be unsettled in Turin according to The Mirror, he was fined £80,000 for an altercation during a night out prior to a vital clash with Roma, the 27-year-old was also left on the bench for that match and also the big game against Inter Milan. United could profit from the Chilean’s discontent and if The Old Lady has the option of bringing in Mata as a ready-made replacement a deal could be done that would suit all parties.
Real Madrid however are looming in the background and could wreck the deal for Red Devils, according to Italian sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport. Vidal’s agent, Fernando Felicevich, had a sit down with the La Liga giants to discuss a possible January move for his player.
Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to strengthen his midfield and the 27-year-old is reported to be the top target. It is difficult to know how this one will end up, United have a trump card in Mata but they may struggle in a head to head with the Champions League winners. Either way, with Vidal hardly acting like a model pro in Italy you would think he will be on the road in January, the question remains as to his destination.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.