Manchester United Transfer News: Arturo Vidal Boost, Latest on William Carvalho

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2014

Arturo Vidal of Chile adjusts his headphones during a press conference at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014. Chile will play Netherlands in a match that will decide the winner of Group B at the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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Manchester United have already completed the signings of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, and now Red Devils supremo Ed Woodward is looking to add some more star names to the rebuilding of the deposed champions' squad.

Two players very much on United's radar are Arturo Vidal and William Carvalho. Both midfielders would be ideal for the club's current needs and would be welcomed with open arms by the faithful. 

Here we take a look at the latest news surrounding both potential deals.


Arturo Vidal

With Chile now out of the World Cup after a strong showingknocking out world champions Spain and taking hosts Brazil to a penalty shootoutthe future of midfield general Arturo Vidal will now come into question once again.

Juventus are unlikely sellers, so any move for the player would have to run into the tens of millions.

HoweverTuttoSport suggests Vidal would be more open to a move to United than European rivals Real Madrid, boosting the Red Devils' chances of capturing him. 

Manchester Evening News and Bleacher Report's Rob Dawson tweeted about the breaking news:

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Vidal performed heroically for Chile in the World Cup despite suffering pain from a leg injury throughout the competition. He once again proved why he is considered the best midfielder of his type currently in world football.

Jack De Menezes of The Independent now claims United are willing to offer the player the huge sum of £250,000 a week in wages to join them.

But Vidal has publicly spoken about his desire to remain with Juve in recent months. He said to FourFourTwo (h/t Andres Garavaglia of Sky Sports):

I am going to stay at Juventus, I don't listen to anything that is being said from Spain. The president Agnelli has asked me to win the Champions League next season, and, as I have said many times, I am happy in Turin and my family is fine. For that reason I have no desire to listen to the speculation people are talking about.

Securing Vidal would be the biggest transfer in Manchester United history, and this point will not have escaped Ed Woodward as he looks to build a team with Louis van Gaal that will win the Premier League next season.

Vidal alongside Herrera would give United a dream central midfield and immediately put them back into contention for trophies after a disappointing campaign last year under David Moyes.


William Carvalho

Manchester United have reportedly taken steps to secure the transfer of William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon.

David Kent of the Mail Online writes that United have sent a delegation to Portugal to complete the transfer of the player, making him the club's third major signing in recent days.

The player's buyout clause is set at £37.5 million, and United believe this is over-priced for the 22-year-old, per Kent. Hence a negotiation is still necessary.

Carvalho's reputation has exploded in the past year with many of Europe's top clubs taking an interest in him. He featured 29 times for Lisbon last season, per, and featured twice for Portugal as they were eliminated at the group stage of the World Cup in Brazil.

Carvalho is a young player, and the Premier League might be a tough environment for him to hit the ground running. He has all the desired attributes of a top-class defensive midfielder, but he might take some time to settle down at Old Trafford.

But as United build for the future, his capture could end up being a clever piece of business by the club. They have already lost the talents of Paul Pogba, and signing Carvalho would improve United's midfield stock immeasurably.