Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Arturo Vidal and Major Summer Targets

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 12, 2014

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, center, celebrates after scoring with teammate Arturo Vidal during the Europa League quarterfinal soccer match between Juventus and Olympic Lyon at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy, Thursday, April 10, 2014. (AP Photo/ Massimo Pinca)
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After seeing his Netherlands side take on Brazil in the World Cup third-place playoff, Louis van Gaal will finally be able to divert his summer attention toward Manchester United.

Red Devils worldwide will have secretly been aching for the Oranje's tournament to end so that their incoming helmsman can get to improving matters at Old Trafford ahead of the 2014-15 season.

Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera's signings have already shown that the English giants have serious intent this summer, but there remains a long line of superstar targets being lined up by the club.


Arturo Vidal, Juventus

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He once looked like an impossible target but United's chances of signing Arturo Vidal this summer could be improving after reports in Chile said that a player-plus-cash deal had been accepted by Juventus.

Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star claimed that the Turin club have agreed to a £32 million deal with Patrice Evra moving in the opposite direction as well. Last month, the midfielder was quoted by Sky Italia (h/t's Vaishali Bhardwaj) when commenting on his chances of an exit this summer:

"Will I stay at Juventus? I do not know. I just think about the World Cup and the national team now. After the World Cup we will see what will be my future."

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JULY 05:  Head Coach, Louis van Gaal (R) and his assistant, Danny Blind stand for the national anthem prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at Arena Fonte Nova on July 5, 2014
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The Chilean has long been a target for United, and it seems as though the arrival of Van Gaal as successor to David Moyes may already be showing its advantages in terms of allure.


Eliaquim Mangala, Porto

Time is running out on any possibility of United completing a move for Eliaquim Mangala this summer, after it came to light that the centre-back is inches away from joining rivals Manchester City.

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The Express' Anthony Chapman claimed that Manuel Pellegrini's side are closing in on a £32 million switch for the Porto defender, but Chelsea and United remain keen on signing him themselves.

In May, Mangala said that he'd prefer to join Chelsea over the Citizens, per the Telegraph's Mark Ogden:

City or Chelsea? Chelsea because it is London. 

It is true that I love the Premier League because it is a spectacular championship. In January, there were discussions with City, but it fell through because the two clubs could not reach an agreement.

Every player wants to play in the biggest clubs. I am an ambitious player and the team that can help me win titles is the one that interests me.

Broadcaster Paul Sarahs broke down some of the French international's strengths:

With Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic now departed from Old Trafford, central defence should be an area that Van Gaal looks to improve this summer, but it's unknown how much longer Mangala will be up for grabs.


Angel Di Maria, Real Madrid

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Angel Di Maria will not become a Red Devil this summer because he wants to play in the Champions League.

That's according to the Mirror's John Cross, but his situation at the Bernabeu is complicated, with the player seeking a move to Paris Saint-Germain, while Real would rather send him to Old Trafford, per AS (h/t ESPN FC's Jonathan Johnson):

With a World Cup final against Germany on Sunday, Di Maria has different priorities, however, and the Daily Star's Chisanga Malata quoted the winger speaking on his current predicament:

I've asked my agent not to tell me anything about the talks he's having. I don't know what's going to happen with my career. I don't want to know anything about my future right now. I'm focusing on my national team and not on what's going on elsewhere."

Real would appear eager to cash in on the Argentinian in any case, with the only question remaining as to where his signature ends up in time for the 2014-15 season.


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