Manchester United and Arturo Vidal’s Negotiations Depend on Nagging Knee Injury

By Collin Ruby
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Manchester United and Chilean superstar Arturo Vidal are in deep transfer talks and things are heating up. Vidal and Juventus have set the transfer fee at €42.5 million, and Manchester United are not willing to match that fee. The main reason for this is due to Vidal’s nagging knee injury which has caused the asking price to fall and could also lead negotiations to break down.

The 27-year-old Vidal would be an immediate upgrade to the Manchester United midfield. Last season the amount of assists contributed by the midfield totaled close to 20, an unusually low number compared to past years. It’s safe to say last season’s midfield was disappointing. With Vidal potentially coming to Old Trafford, Manchester United’s recent signings and Adnan Januzaj waiting to get his opportunity, Louis Van Gaal is on the right track to reupholstering the midfield. Some minor tweaking will need to be made, though.

Vidal was excellent in the World Cup, and although Chile did not advance past Brazil, Vidal and teammate Alexis Sanchez put Chile on the map internationally. Vidal can do it all, as an excellent goal scorer and a facilitator; Vidal is everything a club team wants in a midfielder.

Manchester United have made a significant dent in the transfer window, and with the addition of Vidal, they will more than likely be back on top of the table. If anyone can turn a struggling team around, it is Van Gaal. Van Gaal took a Netherlands team that bowed out early of the Euro 2012 championship and came back to achieve a third-place finish in this year’s World Cup. In the coming days, Manchester United will make a decision on Vidal’s transfer.

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