Manchester United Transfer News: Arturo Vidal a Realistic Target for David Moyes

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2014

TURIN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 27:  Arturo Vidal of Juventus celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Juventus and FC Copenhagen at Juventus Arena on November 27, 2013 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Manchester United's 2013-14 slump has been a disappointing pill for the club to swallow, with some seeing radical change at Old Trafford as the way forward.

So in a bid to revive their hopes of finishing among the Premier League top places, it's emerged that the reigning English champions are planning an audacious swoop on Juventus star Arturo Vidal.

TURIN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 05:  Arturo Vidal of Juventus celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Juventus and Real Madrid at Juventus Arena on November 5, 2013 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty I
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According to French newspaper Le 10 Sport (h/t The Mirror's Ben Burrows), despite the Chilean international's clear intent to remain with the Serie A champions, United will try to tempt the anchor to England, a substantial pay hike being among the benefits.

Burrows writes:

The 26-year-old has long stated his desire to stay in Turin, but according to French newspaper Le 10 Sport may be persuaded to change his mind with extremely lucrative personal terms.

It would still be something of a coup if boss David Moyes managed to pull off the deal, Vidal having only signed a new deal at the club last month.

Seen as one of, if not the best best box-to-box utility in the world right now, Vidal's signature may seem a long way off for a side enduring one of their murkier patches of late.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Manchester United Manager David Moyes walks with mascot Fred the Red prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on January 1, 2014 in Manchester, England.
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However, Vidal's services may not be as far out of reach as some would suggest.

During his first transfer window as United's manager, David Moyes missed out on the signature of numerous midfield talents, the first sign that the club had lost some of their lustre when it came to bringing in the biggest stars. 

In September, the Daily Mail's Adam Crafton detailed the long line of top-class playmakers who had rebuffed the Red Devils' advances, including Barcelona pair Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara, along with Athletic Bilbao star Ander Herrera and others.

Due to those setbacks, there is a notion that Moyes may need to lower expectations in terms of the pedigree that his club will be able to sign. All of a sudden, Sir Alex Ferguson's departure means that the squad must accept that it won't be able to go for the same world-class, big-money names.

It won't happen.

The Scottish helmsman has a need in the middle of the park which Marouane Fellaini's summer acquisition has failed to solve. In Vidal, United have the archetype of what it is that they lack right now.

Sky Sports' Peter Hall spells the formula out in simple fashion:

Granted, any deal for Antonio Conte's talisman suffers from the same stigmas that any January transfer deal does. Having already played in Europe's group stages this season, Vidal would be unavailable for the Champions League, even though Juve have bowed out and are now competing in the Europa League.

As Burrows mentions, the 26-year-old's new contract also poses an issue, with the Italian titans in no rush to sell one of their most prized assets.

PARMA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 02:  Arturo Vidal of Juventus looks on before the Serie A match between Parma FC and Juventus at Stadio Ennio Tardini on November 2, 2013 in Parma, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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However, the allure of a Manchester United career is by no means as tainted as some would make out, the football powerhouse still being capable of convincing top talents to join their cause in the hope that they might be a part of the resurrection.

At Juventus, Vidal has already proven that his talents are more than sufficient for the Italian hierarchy, but the player himself may yet seek another test among surroundings arguably more prestigious than anything the Old Lady can offer.