Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been handed a blank cheque to get new players in and the club have been linked with two South American stars.
United fans will be ecstatic with the prospect of South American superstars Juan Cuadrado and Arturo Vidal lining out for their beloved team next season but concerns remain at the back where the Red Devils boss is struggling to land centre half.
Red Devils fans must be sick to death of the ongoing Vidal saga and are desperate for a resolution one way or another. Recent reports say they might be getting the answer they want, according to The Express.
In a highly unusual move the Chilean may have a medical with United prior to any deal being agreed to confirm the player’s fitness after a knee injury prior to the World Cup. If his fitness is confirmed United appear willing to meet Juventus’ stupendous £47million valuation. While new Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri would love to hang to to the World Cup star he has said he won’t stand in the way should the player decide on a move to Old Trafford.
Colombian super star Juan Cudrado may also be on his way to Manchester United, according to The Express. The winger, currently with Fiorentina, has been linked with a move away from the Serie A outfit all summer and van Gaal is now closing in on his man.
The Italian side have already turned down a £32 million United bid, and offered Cudrado an improved five-year deal in the hope of hanging on the World Cup star, but they would probably have to concede defeat if, as expected, the Red Devils stumped up the £36 million price tag.
While talk of the arrival of the two South American superstars will go down well with the Old Trafford faithful, there has been bad news in the search for a centre back the club so badly needs. It appears old foe Arsene Wenger has gotten his way and offloaded Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona for a reported £15 million, rather than bitter rivals Manchester United, according to The Guardian.
It had appeared that Arsenal were willing to sell the defender to United but wanted Chris Smalling to go in the opposite direction as part of the deal, a condition which van Gaal refused to even consider.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena
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