English Premiership

LVG may gamble on Vidal

2014-08-26 09:11
Arturo Vidal (AFP)

Caoe Town - The transfer story that has dragged on since the final match of the World Cup may be back on according to reports in England. 

Arturo Vidal is still Manchester United's top transfer target according to the Independent.

Louis van Gaal still remains doubtful over the fitness of the Juventus midfielder but with only six days until the transfer window slams shut, United will have to move quickly if they want to take the gamble on the fitness of Vidal.

Another stumbling block to the deal is the £34 m asking price but reports in England suggest that Manchester United may pay the requested fee after seeing the team start poorly in the league.

A deal for Vidal would be complex as the Old Trafford side are interested in offering the Chilean midfielder an appearance-based contract. Vidal may outright reject that sort of a deal.  

Vidal's right knee concerns United, he played on for Juventus last season despite needing an operation. Vidal then underwent the required operation but then soon after came the World Cup in Brazil. The Chilean midfielder was used in fits and spurts by his national team and was clear that he struggled with injury as the tournament progressed.

Universidad de Chile’s team doctor, Alejandro Orizola, spoke out on the operation, calling it “a hasty procedure” and warned that “it would always bring with it a regression in his final recovery”.

United would be foolish to pay Vidal's asking price. The potential for disaster is just too big but despite van Gaal's doubts about Vidal's fitness, the Dutch coach mentioned his name twice after the draw at Sunderland.  

This transfer saga looks set to drag on until transfer deadline day.


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