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United in £48m bid for number one target

Arturo-Vidal-Juventus-Champions-League_2890955Manchester United are ready to table a €60m – €48m – bid for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal and they’ve also already contacted the Chilean’s agent over the financial package they are ready to offer to the midfielder, according to reports in Italy.

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Vidal’s agent, Fernando Felicevich, is due to arrive in Turin tonight to meet Juventus’ manager Massimiliano Allegri and the Serie A champions’ general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, and during their meeting Juventus will be made aware that United are ready to offer Vidal €8m – £6.3m – a season plus bonuses for the next four seasons.

Those figures dwarf Vidal’s currently salary at Juventus and La Gazzetta dello Sport adds that while Juventus are obviously determined to keep the Chilean, they’re also fully aware of their inability match United’s financial package and could opt to sell Vidal and spend the £48-50m on other players, including perhaps the big name signing Marotta had pointed to a few days ago.

Vidal has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for almost two months now, despite United denying any interest and despite Juventus claiming that the Chilean would not leave the club with whom he’s won three consecutive Serie A title this summer. Contradicting and contrasting reports emerged, first claiming that United were not willing to offer over £30m, then insisting that Vidal’s wages were the real stumbling block as the Chilean demanded a salary close to £8m-a-year.

If United do actually offer £48m and reach an agreement with Vidal – which, given the salary on offer, is likely – then Juventus will probably have to accept the offer, though, as it’s increasingly common these days, they might want to force Vidal to hand in transfer request, to keep fans’ discontent to a minimum.

Despite two wins in their first two friendlies, United clearly lack an imposing figure in the middle of the park and Vidal’s arrival would represent a huge coup, with implications on and off the pitch, for the Chilean would not only immensely improve the squad but it’d also generate a huge buzz among the fans.

Dan