What happens if Juventus up the ante and their demands spiral out of control?
In that case, United manager Louis van Gaal should take a look at Stindl as a viable plan B to Vidal.
To cover that hypothetical scenario, here is a scouting report on Stindl, a 25-year-old, 5'11", 172-pound German.
An all-action midfielder with the capacity to play box-to-box or on the wings, Stindl is indispensable to Hannover.
While not having Andre Hahn-type straight-line speed, Stindl's short burst of acceleration is a dependable go-to move.
That was why Stindl averaged more dribbles per game (2.2) than Vidal (0.4) last season.
Zipping in between two Mainz players, Stindl manufactured space and supplied a cross for Hannover centre-forward Artur Sobiech.
Generating separation from Stuttgart centre-backs Antonio Rudiger and Georg Niedermeier, Stindl created his own shot.
Cutting in from the left wing, Stindl played an incisive pass between Eintracht Frankfurt centre-back Carlos Zambrano and defensive midfielder Marco Russ to Hannover left winger Szabolcs Huszti.
Intercepting Borussia Monchengladbach left-back Oscar Wendt's pass, Stindl broke free and played a reverse pass to Hannover centre-forward Mame Biram Diouf.
Anticipating a cutback from Hamburg's Hannover loanee, Artjoms Rudnevs, Stindl noticed Hoffenheim right-back Andreas Beck out of position.
Predicting the run of Hannover central midfielder Leon Andreasen, Stindl perfectly hit a one-touch pass with Marco Reus-esque precision.
Stindl flashed scoring potential with goals against Hertha Berlin, Hamburg and Eintracht Frankfurt.
Ineffective defending is a red flag in Stindl's game.
A lapse in concentration from Stindl resulted in him not marking goal side of Freiburg substitute Philipp Zulechner, who poached a goal.
Stindl was caught off guard by Bayern Munich right winger/deep-lying forward Thomas Mueller's run in behind.
There was only a plus-0.3 difference between Stindl's tackles per game (2.3) and fouls per game (2.0).
Whereas, Vidal had a plus-1.8 difference (4.1 tackles per game, 2.3 fouls per game).
Despite roaming forward, Stindl was inconsistent in the attacking half.
|League Only||Arturo Vidal||Ander Herrera||Lars Stindl|
|Shots Per Goal||5.2||13.6||18|
|Key Passes Per Game||1.5||1.6||1.5|
|Passes Per Game||45.9||47.2||46.2|
|Pass Completion %||83.7||80.6||77.4|
Stindl has the characteristics of a Van Gaal player: can start in two positions, high motor, all-round playing style, is team-focused and a leader of men.
If Juventus continue to inflate Vidal's valuation, then United should have Stindl on the long list of fallback options.
Statistics via WhoScored.com.
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