Manchester United's interest in Arturo Vidal has hit breaking point, according to reports. The Red Devils are said to be on the verge of giving up on the Chilean midfielder after Juventus continue to hold out for £34 million, noted by David Anderson of the Mirror:
Manchester United are refusing to be held to ransom by Juventus over Arturo Vidal, despite signing a record £750million kit deal with Adidas.
[...] But the Old Trafford giants are determined not to pay over the odds in the transfer market and have made it clear they will not meet Juve’s £34m asking price for Vidal.
Neil Henderson of the BBC highlights the aforementioned newspaper's backpage:
Simon Jones of the Daily Mail also indicates United "will not pursue" their interest in the World Cup star, who enjoyed a fabulous stint of form during the Chile's run to the round of 16 in Brazil, despite a lack of fitness. The Express' Richard Tanner believes Louis van Gaal's club "have cooled" their interest, making the situation difficult to assess for onlookers outside the club.
Vidal is widely regarded as one of the world's best box-to-box midfielders. His well-rounded game—which sees the 27-year-old tackle doggedly, chase down loose balls and often score memorable goals—is certainly needed in the heart of United's midfield.
The English side currently lack any sense of physicality in the centre and must improve on the dismal 2013-14 season which saw David Moyes sacked during his debut campaign.
Many supporters are anticipating at least one signing of Vidal's marquee nature and may have a difficult time understanding why the club would pull out. Tom McDermott, writer for Sky Sports, suggests the experienced midfielder's battle-worn body could be key to determining the price United are willing to pay:
I'd be flabbergasted if #mufc don't pay £34m for Vidal. Can only assume it's a knee issue.— Tom McDermott (@FootballMcD) July 15, 2014
Even so, Bleacher Report UK's Sam Tighe and Christopher Atkins of ESPN FC are unanimous when assessing the potential impact Vidal could make:
In my opinion, Arturo Vidal is the best CM in the world. If #MUFC sign him, it's time to get very, very scared.— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) July 15, 2014
Vitally, the player himself appears open to a move. Vidal has acknowledged the situation, but currently remains on holiday after his World Cup efforts, per Anderson's report. "I've heard about the rumours," he said. "I'm enjoying my holidays, and when I return to Italy I'll see what happens. I'm very calm, but anyone would love to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world."
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Such quotes will fill many United followers with real hope. Vidal headed into the World Cup off the back of scoring 18 and providing five assists in 44 matches across Serie A and Europe last season, per WhoScored.com. He averaged 4.67 tackles per match during the 2013-14 club scene, and importantly, continuously highlighted the kind of boundless energy that could make United's midfield tick.
United recently secured a world-record £750 million kit deal with Adidas, providing the side with £75 million per season across the next decade, reported by Telegraph Sport. Considering the club already enjoys a mega-deal with car company Chevrolet, it's anticipated Van Gaal will be allowed to spend heavily during his first summer in charge.
Elko Born, freelancer for FourFourTwo and The Telegraph among others, suggests the incoming Dutch boss will want Vidal in his side:
I don't know if Louis van Gaal is willing to go all out for Vidal. What I do know is that to LVG, Vidal is basically the ideal midfielder— Elko Born (@Elko_B) July 15, 2014
To put Vidal's price into comparison, Moyes shelled out £27.5 million for the hapless Marouane Fellaini, while United have already paid around £28 million for Ander Herrera and in excess of £27 million for youngster Luke Shaw. Surely, after the club failed to qualify for a stint in European football, Vidal won't be passed on if he can prove his fitness.
Much like the midfielder himself, this story is set to run and run.