Juventus continue to portray confidence that Arturo Vidal will remain with them for the coming season as reports suggest that the Chilean midfielder is getting closer to a transfer to Manchester United. In the latest developments from what has become this summer’s dominant transfer saga, reports relayed by Italian publication Gazzetta dell Sport state that Manchester United have made an offer of £200,000 a week to Vidal, which will encourage the player to try and force through a move to Old Trafford.
The Premier League club have been linked with Vidal throughout the summer and indeed since January. Despite the fact that Vidal is still recovering from a knee injury suffered at the end of last season, which hampered his participation in the 2014 World Cup, United are said to be willing to make Vidal their record purchase at €60 million (£48m). Vidal has so far been coy over his future, having recently returned to Turin. The Italian champions, though, are maintaining the line that the 27-year-old will be staying.
“Vidal? He feels good with us, and we are happy to have him here,” Juventus managing director Beppe Marotta told Sky Italia before the clubs preseason fixture against Cesena on Wednesday. “We have already renewed his deal, I don't think there will be problems.”
While adding central defenders to his squad will be a priority for manager Louis van Gaal, given his intention to field three center-backs, Manchester United continue to be linked with attacking talent. The future of rumored target Edinson Cavani is back in the spotlight after his latest comments in which he claimed he was happy to stay at Paris Saint-Germain, while leaving the door open for a transfer.
“I am certain to stay, why wouldn't I be? I feel great in Paris,” he said, reports ESPN. “I have a contract to respect with PSG. I'm calm. I prefer to be here. I feel good here. But as I have said before, it doesn't only depend on the player, but also on certain things that can happen at the club.”
The Uruguayan has previously suggested that he was less than pleased that his first season in the French capital was mainly spent in a wide position in order to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic through the middle. ESPN has said that Chelsea are weighing up a move, but that, contrary to speculation, Manchester United have thus far not displayed any concrete interest.
While Van Gaal is seemingly intent on playing with two strikers, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney currently look to have the starting berths locked down. Even if, as ESPN suggests, PSG are willing to take a £15 million loss on Cavani and sell for £40 million, it would still be a considerable outlay for a 27-year-old who doesn’t solve an immediate need.
PSG’s desire to sell is influenced by their pursuit of another player in which Manchester United are thought to have at least a passing interest. PSG are in prime position, ahead of United, in the line to sign Real Madrid midfielder Angel di María, yet in order to be capable of fulfilling their reported €75 million (£59m) offer they need to raise finds to satisfy Financial Fair Play restrictions placed upon them. The sale of Cavani would go a long way to doing so, while Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi are also available, according to Spanish publication AS.
Were PSG to fail to raise the necessary finds, then Manchester United could come back into the running for Di María. Yet, while a fine, versatile player, there would appear no clear spot for the Argentina international in Van Gaal’s favored 3-4-1-2 system.