Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Arturo Vidal and Top Targets

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 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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An enticing month of transfer opportunities lies ahead at Old Trafford, with many wondering whether the club will revive their early window form or if the biggest deals have been done.

The Red Devils moved quickly to secure the signings of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera but have since slowed down in their recruitment drive, with four weeks of the window remaining.

Louis van Gaal has a hefty task in transforming the club's fortunes following their failure to qualify for European football last term, but he has received a particular boost in the chase for Juventus' Arturo Vidal.

 

Arturo Vidal

CATANIA, ITALY - MARCH 23:  Arturo Vidal of Juventus during the Serie A match between Calcio Catania and Juventus at Stadio Angelo Massimino on March 23, 2014 in Catania, Italy.  (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
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Italian super agent Andrea D'Amico has told Sky Sport Italia (h/t Alex Harris of the Express) that either Arturo Vidal or Paul Pogba are certain to leave the club this summer.

D'Amico is quoted as saying: "Vidal and Pogba? One of the two will leave. I’ll go a step further. I’m convinced Vidal will certainly leave."

It's a story that's raged for the entirety of the summer transfer window thus far, but a mixture of strange times unfolding in Turin mixed with United's need for a player of Vidal's skill set has made for a most fitting drama.

Sky Sports' Pete O'Rourke states that a great deal of the Red Devils' attention is currently devoted to acquiring the Chilean:

With Massimiliano Allegri at the helm of Juve following Antonio Conte's departure, the landscape at Juve may have changed of late, with Vidal's situation continuing to dominate the headlines.

 

Juan Cuadrado

The hunt to sign Fiorentina sensation Juan Cuadrado is heating up after Barcelona were reported to have taken an advantage over Manchester United, according to the Express' Jamie Anderson.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 28:  Juan Guillermo Cuadrado of Colombia celebrates his team's second goal scored by James Rodriguez (L) during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana on June 28, 2014 in Rio
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One man who sorely wants his compatriot in La Liga is Real Madrid's newly acquired Colombian James Rodriguez, who told Radio Caracol, per Anderson's report:

I hope that the deal goes through, he is a great friend of mine. If he were to arrive, it would open the door to other Colombians, because we would have many playing at great clubs.

It wouldn't be the first time that the warmer climes of Spain have trumped the English top flight in enticing South American talent to their shores, but Football Italia claims the Red Devils are setting up a substantial offer for the Viola's prized possession:

Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC has previously quoted Barca vice president Javier Faus in indicating that Barca can only compete so much in terms of the figures they can offer:

Cuadrado is flavour of the month following his fine contributions at the 2014 World Cup but has been on the European radar for some time since moving to Florence, with his big payday potentially coming this summer.

 

Mats Hummels

Manchester United could receive help from a most unlikely source in their race to sign Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels, after it became apparent Liverpool would be willing to loan the Germans Tiago Ilori this summer.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 04:  Mats Hummels of Germany acknowledges the fans after defeating France 1-0 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between France and Germany at Maracana on July 4, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by
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That's according to Jack Wilson of the Daily Star, who says the Merseysiders' Portuguese defender could head to Signal Iduna Park to soften the blow somewhat, albeit not nearly filling the void of any potential departure.

Dortmund have been clear in their intent to keep the £20 million man at every turn, however, and after it emerged that United had supposedly tied up a £16 million deal last month, Klopp is quoted by Wilson in replying: "If that's not a b******t story, I'll eat a broomstick!"

Norwegian pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft insists there will be no transfer in place to allow the 2014 World Cup winner to leave Dortmund this summer:

Having played such a pivotal role for the Black and Yellows in recent years, the Bundesliga giants are unsurprisingly adamant to retain Hummels' services.

 

Thomas Vermaelen

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Thomas Vermaelen of Arsenal battles with Carlton Cole of West Ham United during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn
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Arsene Wenger has admitted that Thomas Vermaelen could leave the Emirates Stadium this summer, per the London Evening Standard's Tom Dutton:

At the moment Thomas Vermaelen is here. Vermaelen is injured. It is a possibility that he goes. If he does (go), we have to replace because he is an important player in our squad.

The Belgian has been consistently linked with a move to Old Trafford, but Jamie Jackson of The Guardian insists that Barcelona may yet swoop for his talents.

Broadcaster Mark Pougatch argues that if the Gunners do sell, it makes no sense to allow him to leave for another Premier League club:

However, Vermaelen's preference is evidently something the north Londoners must respect, and there may yet be twists and turns to emerge in where the Belgian ends up in time for the 2014-15 campaign.