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Manchester United reach “verbal agreement” on $80 million Arturo Vidal deal

Jul 30, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

Arturo Vidal AP

Arturo Vidal is edging closer to the exit door at Juventus after Manchester United are said to have reached a “verbal agreement” with the reigning Italian champions.

Vidal, 27, is set to become the most expensive player in United’s history as an $80 million deal has been agreed according to Tuttosport in Italy and reports from Vidal’s homeland Chile.

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In those reports it states that Vidal will be paid $470,000 per week, which would make him the second-highest player at the club just behind Wayne Rooney.

Vidal is a great box-to-box midfielder who has shone for Juve over the past few seasons, but is he that good?

Although the numbers seem a little off and slightly extortionate, even for a player of Vidal’s quality, you have to say that United need to splash the cash in order to elevate themselves back to the upper echelons of the Premier League. That’s stating the obvious, but so far new United boss Louis van Gaal has refused to spend big in the transfer market and is instead looking at the options he already has at his disposal. During United’s preseason tour to the U.S. it is abundantly clear that they need to strengthen in defense, but in central midfield they need someone to partner Ander Herrera at breaking up the play and setting up attacks. Vidal fits the bill.

With Massimiliano Allegri arriving at Juventus after Antonio Conte’s shock departure as manager earlier this month, Vidal’s future seems to be up in the air but the Turin club are holding out for the highest possible transfer fee.

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Vidal’s arrival could spark plenty of moves at Old Trafford as the likes of Shinji Kagawa and Marouane Fellaini are rumored to be on their way out to make room for the Chilean internationals arrival.

Watch this space.

  1. scrummymustard - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    dude is no where near being worth $80 mil.

  2. lordfletcher - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    I am all for bringing him in but damnnnnn that’s some stanky £cheddar.

    With the soon / hopefully exits of kagawa and fellaini, they will have plenty of $$$ to spend. If they can move Kagawa and $$$ for Hummel’s I’ll be doing cartwheels


  3. Comrade23 - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    You had to think United would need to overpay after last season, but that’s more than double a realistic value for Vidal. Just wow.

    • lordfletcher - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      well its just a rumor, like how United has been rumored at getting 4 guys immediately after Shaw.

      I don’t doubt LVG wants Vidal but I also wouldn’t be shocked to see him go after De Vrij for a fraction of the cost.

      all of that said, I can’t believe for one second that LVG is willing to toss $80 at Vidal after being so careful with with his words up till now. Who knows, but $80 is very high. $60 should be the target

      • iugonzo - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        De Vrij signed for Lazio. That option is out for LVG.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:05 PM

        My fault I meant Roma’s Strootman. Oops

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