Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Daley Blind, Arturo Vidal, More

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2014

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 03:  Daley Blind of Ajax looks on after the 19th Johan Cruijff Shield match between Ajax Amsterdam and PEC Zwolle at the Amsterdam ArenA on August 3, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Manchester United's nightmare start to the 2014-15 Premier League season continues, and with the clock winding down on the summer transfer window, fans and pundits are predicting a late flurry of activity.

The Red Devils have been seemingly linked with every half-decent player in Europe, but Louis van Gaal's squad remains incomplete. In order to build on their current position in the standings, the club will have to improve dramatically, and one way to do so is by bringing in more top players.

Here's the latest transfer buzz surrounding the Red Devils.

 

Daley Blind

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JULY 12:  Daley Blind of the Netherlands celebrates with Georginio Wijnaldum  scoring his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Third Place Playoff match between Brazil and the Netherlands at Estadio Nacional on July
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United have agreed to a transfer fee of £13.8 million with Ajax for the services of versatile defender/holding midfielder Daley Blind, Goal's Chris Davie understands.

The Dutch club released a statement confirming the news, saying: "Ajax and Manchester United have reached an agreement over the transfer of Daley Blind for a fee of €17.5 million [£13.8m]. His contract with Ajax was due to expire in June 2016. The agreement is subject to the fulfilment of a number of conditions."

Blind and United have been linked all throughout summer following his excellent performances at the 2014 World Cup under Van Gaal. The 24-year-old has the versatility to cover a number of defensive positions, adding valuable depth to a back four that lost several veteran contributors over the past few months.

As shared by the club's Twitter feed, the Dutchman still has to undergo a medical and agree to personal terms with the Red Devils:

While Blind will likely never be a world-class option in one particular position, his versatility and understanding of Van Gaal's system make him the perfect plug-and-play defender.

He can add physicality in the centre of the pitch if needed, but his drive and passing ability will shine most in a wide role on the left flank or as the left-sided centre-back in a back three.

 

Arturo Vidal

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 10:  Arturo Vidal of Juventus takes a photo with fans after the match between the A-League All Stars and Juventus at ANZ Stadium on August 10, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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No matter how often Arturo Vidal and Juventus say the Chilean isn't going anywhere, reporters will keep finding ways to keep the holding midfielder linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Tuttosport (h/t to Metro) claims the Red Devils are willing to pay £30 million for King Arturo, as he is known in Turin, with the Bianconeri refusing to go any lower than £35 million.

The report surfaced despite the powerful midfielder once again tweeting out his commitment to his current club:

And as reported by Metro, Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri also ruled out a last-gasp transfer: "Vidal has trained well during the week. The knee must be managed, but will start against Chievo. As I said many times now, he is important to us, and therefore will remain at Juventus."

Considering the Red Devils just paid a British transfer record for Angel Di Maria and Juventus value Vidal just as highly, a reported price tag of £35 million appears very low for a player the club has no intention of moving.

Unless United are willing to break the record twice in a single week, Vidal won't be going anywhere.

 

Ricardo Carvalho

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Ricardo Carvalho of Monaco and Olivier Giroud of Arsenal in action during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and AS Monaco at the Emirates Stadium on August 3, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images
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According to Tuttomercatoweb (h/t to Metro), former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho is talking to the Red Devils regarding what would be one of the most shocking transfer moves of the summer.

The 36-year-old turned down a job as an assistant manager with Chelsea and is reportedly keen on a role as a backup with United, providing experienced cover in the event of an injury.

The former Portuguese international has had a long and glittering career, but at his age, most of football's stars either chose to retire or move to a club in the Middle East or the United States to close out their playing days.

The Red Devils may be desperate for a centre-back with valuable Premier League experience to add depth to the squad, but the odds of that player being Carvalho appear to be very low.