Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Angel Di Maria, Arturo Vidal and More

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 16, 2014

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 09:  Arturo Vidal waves to fans during a Juventus training session at WIN Jubilee Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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Louis van Gaal is entering the final stretch of his first transfer window at the helm of Manchester United, and speculation would suggest a busy fortnight lies ahead.

So far, the club have concluded only two deals in the form of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, but can we expect to see activity pick up during the latter stages of the summer?

Van Gaal may have already settled on a squad, but that hasn't stopped United being linked with a factory line of world-class figures, with the latest developments discussed ahead.


Angel Di Maria

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David Anderson of the Mirror reports that Paris Saint-Germain have admitted defeat in the race for Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria, seemingly leaving the Red Devils free to bag his services unopposed.

According to Anderson, the £50 million signing of David Luiz has left PSG in something of a quagmire to comply with Financial Fair Play regulation, although Tom Doyle of hints that may not be enough for United, who won't compete in Europe this term:

Earlier this month, PSG president Nasser al Khelaifi was quoted by the Express' Ben Jefferson as saying: "We discussed Angel Di Maria with Real Madrid. He was very expensive and we have stopped discussions."

Those comments would serve in confirming the lack of interest now held by the Ligue 1 champions, who are swiftly learning the flaws that reside in their recent transfer policy.

United have an advantage in that sense, but they will still struggle to tempt the player without Europe on the agenda.


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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In the ongoing saga that has become Artuto Vidal's rumoured switch from Turin to Manchester, the Chilean has dropped a subtle hint that he may indeed come to the English top flight this summer.

According to Anthony Chapman of the Express, when asked about his Juventus future this week, Vidal "replied with a smirk" that: "My future is to train well."

Some might draw conclusions from such a remark, but Vidal's potential move is becoming one of the more tedious links of the summer period, at which every action, regardless of how small, is garnering intense investigation.

Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC firmly believes United will not be able to land the midfield anchor this summer:

With a £40 million fee mooted and concern resting over the state of Vidal's previously injured knee, it's a potentially risky deal for the Red Devils, and one that Van Gaal may end up going without.


Juan Cuadrado

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - JUNE 06: Juan Cuadrado of Colombia celebrates after shooting a penalty kick to score the second goal during the International Friendly Match between Colombia and Jordan at Pedro Bidegain Stadium on June 06, 2014 in Buenos Aires,
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Rumours linking Fiorentina attacker Juan Cuadrado with a Premier League arrival were kicked up a notch this week after the winger was left out of the club's squad to face Real Madrid in pre-season, per the Daily Mail's Simeon Gholam.

However, Alex Shaw of ESPN moved quickly to quote La Viola manager Vincenzo Montella in explaining why that was, the reason being a logical one, it would appear:

Last week, Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle proclaimed that if the offer was right, his side would have to sell Cuadrado, per Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t's Vaishali Bhardwaj):

I spoke with Cuadrado and I have presented our project [to him]. I told him to stay another year in the team with a winning project. But, I am not optimistic because he has received important offers and we may have to let him go. We'll see what happens over the next week.

The boy had a good reaction. We spoke discreetly. It was a clear negotiation with the player. The World Cup that he played in [with Colombia] has not helped. Juan is a very discreet guy and honest.

Cuadrado's success in Brazil helped boost the player's profile in front of a more global audience, and if his credentials as an elite talent weren't proven prior to the World Cup, the tournament certainly helped in validating why United are after the Colombian.


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