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Arturo Vidal Reportedly Deals Manchester United Major Transfer Blow

Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, of Chile, celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Inter Milan at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2014

It appears David Moyes will have to continue his search for a big midfield superstar after Arturo Vidal pledged his future to Juventus, per John Edwards of The Mail Online.

Edwards reports that despite the 26-year-old Chilean machine signing a new deal only back in December, the historic Italian club have moved to offer the player an improved wage of £200,000-a-week to retain his services.

David Lynch of The Manchester Evening News quotes Vidal commenting to Rai Sport: "Will I leave? No, I will definitely stay in Turin. I've scored important goals for the team this season but I must give thanks to my team-mates."

Vidal has been sensational this year in Serie A, scoring 11 goals from his box-to-box position, per Squawka.

Vidal has also spoken of his love for the club to BBC, as posted on twitter:

Juventus's effort to retain the player, who many feel is now the best in the world in his position, will hugely disappoint United. 

United's pursuit of top targets has been widely reported, and many had suggested that Vidal would be purchased by Moyes in the summer.

But the acquisition was always going to be difficult, and now appears to be impossible.

United have a wealth of issues in midfield and the Glazers will need to invest heavily in this part of the pitch as soon as possible.

The return of Darren Fletcher has helped ease the burden in terms of numbers, but certainly not when considering skill and creativity.

His colleague Tom Cleverley has been hugely criticised for his performances since Moyes' tenure began, and recently proclaimed he feels he has been made a scapegoat for United's poor form, per Oliver Holt of the Mirror.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Tom Cleverley of Manchester United grabs the shirt of Wilfried Bony of Swansea City during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third round match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on January 5, 2014 in Manc
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And he is correct. The club's form has not been bad because of the likes of him, but more because of the lack of investment, causing players like the young England international to bare the brunt, when in reality they may only be good enough to be considered a squad player. 

Ideally, United could try to tempt Vidal's teammate Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford, but any deal would cost the club a huge sum.

However, this is what the Glazers need to do. If Moyes is to retain his position as manager of the club he will need serious backing. This means that a player of Vidal's class must be purchased, or the Champions League competition will become nothing but a distant memory to United's fans. 

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