The endless rumors surrounding Arturo Vidal and Manchester United refuse to go away.
The Italian newspaper La Stampa reported last night that Vidal’s agent Fernando Felicevich has spoken with United and agreed in principle a deal worth £182,000-a-week; which would bring his annual earnings to nearly £9.5 million.
News of this agreement between the Premier League club and the player has started to pick up steam in England. But for any transfer to be finalized, a fee would still have to be agreed between Juventus and Manchester United.
To this point, no formal bid has been lodged by United, and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has emphatically stated that Vidal will be a key member of his starting eleven this season.
And according to The Independent, Juventus set a deadline of yesterday for any deal to go through between the two European clubs.
Vidal is currently on tour with the Serie A club in Asia.
Speculation of a possible transfer renewed earlier this week when Chilean national team coach Jorge Sampaoli gave his thoughts on Vidal moving to England.
The 54-year-old boss mentioned that Louis van Gaal had an interest in signing Vidal, but was concerned over the player’s fitness.
“I know that right now the big obstacle facing his transfer from Juventus to United, for £47million, is the doubt of Van Gaal regarding the improvement of Arturo’s knee,” he said.
Sampaoli added that Vidal rushed back to training for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil and thought the midfielder was only performing at “30 or 40 percent” of his normal level.
Vidal would provide United with additional support in the midfield. And it has been suggested that some players could be heading the other way to Italy should Juventus agree to sell the talented Chile international (Nani and Shinji Kagawa have been mentioned).
There’s no doubt we will be hearing more about transfer topic in the coming days.
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