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The World Cup has thrown up a host of potential transfer targets, with high and low-profile players making their mark in Brazil.
A player who fits in the former category is Arturo Vidal, the Juventus midfielder who made a positive impression for Chile.
But well before he produced positive displays in the wins over Australia and Spain and the penalty shootout loss to Brazil, Vidal had been catching admiring glances with Juventus.
Vidal joined Juventus in 2011 and has tasted only success with the Old Lady of Italian football, as he has won Serie A titles in each of his three seasons at the club.
In the 2013/14 campaign, Vidal forged a superb understanding with Paul Pogba in the middle of the park, with both players famed for their engines and box-to-box dynamism.
Such players are not easy to come by, and they command a high price as a result.
If the Daily Star’s Paul Hetherington is to be believed, £62 million is the price Manchester United will have to pay to prise Vidal away from Juventus.
In his piece, Hetherington wrote:
Manchester United ill have to hand over £62 million if they want to sign Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal.
The Italian club have made it known they would want £50m for Vidal—plus £12m-rated winger Nani.
Juventus may even want Patrice Evra as part of any deal, even though the United left-back—like Nani–recently signed a new contract.
A £62 million fee is a big investment, but United have made it clear they will support new manager Louis van Gaal in the transfer market.
The Red Devils have already signed Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, the latter an exciting left-back, the former a creative midfielder capable of unlocking defences in the blink of an eye.
While Van Gaal has issues to resolve in defence, with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic moving on, a dynamic midfielder capable of destroying and creating could be the difference between title glory and defeat.
Vidal has that profile.
It will take a huge bid to lure him away from Juventus, £62 million according to Hetherington. But reports, such as Tuttosport's in Italy (h/t Omar Hamouda from Squawka), claim Juventus need to sell to fund their rebuilding programme.
Juventus are looking to make their mark in the Champions League after dominating on the domestic front, but they do not look to have the resources available to challenge some of the bigger European players.
At 27, and after three years of success at Juventus, the time may be right for Vidal to make the move.
Believability Meter: Medium to High
Van Gaal’s stock is exceptionally high right now, and United will back him all the way this summer. Vidal could be the missing piece of the jigsaw at Old Trafford, so expect the Chilean to make the move.