Transfer prospects at Old Trafford are once again high in the wake of David Moyes' axing, and the latest speculation suggests Manchester United are ready to bid for midfield pair Arturo Vidal and Kevin Strootman.
Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to take the reins of the club's transfer endeavours, allegedly, after Italian outlet SportMediaSet (h/t Manchester Evening News' David Lynch) reported that the Scot had personally lodged a €32 million offer with Juventus for their midfielder.
Ferguson was in Turin for Wednesday evening's Europa League final and was pictured sitting next to Juve boss Antonio Conte, per 101 Great Goals, causing the rumours to intensify regarding Vidal's potential move to England:
If this piece of business was indeed part of Ferguson's agenda, it's a sign that despite their slip into relative mediocrity this past season, United aren't willing to settle when it comes to their expectations in the transfer market.
However, €32 million seems as though it may be insufficient to land the Chilean international, especially when one considers he only agreed a new contract with the Serie A champions in December 2013. WhoScored.com's Daniel Busch agrees that kind of money wouldn't be enough to prise Vidal away from his current setting:
Not long after signing that extension, Vidal stated his commitment to the Bianconeri cause to Rai Sport (h/t Metro's Hannah Duncan), insisting on his Juve loyalties—at least for this year's January transfer window:
"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."
It may therefore be more pragmatic for the Red Devils to make good on a deal they were fiercely linked with last summer before Kevin Strootman ultimately opted to join Roma.
Metro say that manager-in-waiting Louis van Gaal is keen on bringing his compatriot to Old Trafford when he officially takes over at United's helm, with a £25 million move mooted.
The report goes on to cite Sky Italia in stating that the Dutchman is eager to link up with his international manager at Old Trafford.
With the transfer focus shifting to those among the Italian top flight this week, United can be hopeful of making the key box-to-box signing in their midfield, which they have been craving for so long.
After last summer's disappointment in making only one major signing in Marouane Fellaini, the club will be eager to ensure things are a lot busier this year as they hope to once again challenge the big guns of the English top flight.