Angel di Maria is at last set to become a Manchester United player while boss Louis van Gaal steps up his interest in a previous transfer target.
The Angel di Maria deal is finally set to go through with a £59.7 million transfer fee to bring the player to Old Trafford, according to The Express. The move has been incredibly drawn out and United fans must be sick of reading basically the same story every day for the past month.
While the £59.7 million figure widely reported today is less than the whopping £75 million mentioned in the last few days, you couldn’t say that Louis van Gaal has bagged a bargain signing.
The Argentine star was photographed being driven along with his entourage into the Carrington training ground under the cover of darkness, giving newspaper editors visuals to back up their words.
The on-again off-again plot line surrounding Arturo Vidal’s potential move to Manchester United has taken another turn with press reports saying that this time it will happen.
The Old Trafford faithful will rightly greet this news with a degree of caution as the story earlier in the summer was that the deal was in the bag with the bookies not taking any more bets, then it was definitely off with the Chilean committed to Juventus.
The Independent reports that Louis van Gaal is prepared to pay £34 million to land the midfielder, considerably less than the numbers that have been bandied about earlier on the summer.
A major stumbling block to closing the deal is the persistent doubt over Vidal’s fitness; he hasn’t played in the Serie A since March last year, and had an operation prior to the World Cup but was clearly unfit in that competition unable to finish any of his three games.
Universidad de Chile’s team doctor, Alejandro Orizola, was quoted as calling the pre World Cup Operation,
“a hasty procedure that would always bring with it a regression in his final recovery”.
Any deal to sign Vidal will probably involve a complex contract that will be linked to appearances to offset the risks from Manchester United’s point of view. Despite the fitness doubts van Gaal’s interest in the player endures having dropped his name in an interview when discussing transfer targets after the Sunderland game.
“It is not only Di Maria, maybe Vidal or Messi! We are a big club.”
It’s going to be an interesting and possibly stressful week for United fans as the wait anxiously to see what last minute buys the Dutch man can land.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.