Within a day of Sir Alex Ferguson being spotted sitting next to Juventus boss Antonio Conte at the Europa League final, rumours linking Manchester United to Arturo Vidal have really gathered pace.
Italy’s Sports Mediaset suggested Fergie had discussed a €32m offer for Vidal and now two more names have been thrown into the hat in Barcelona and Real Madrid, who are also keen on Vidal this summer.
The reports have been picked up in Spain by Sport and from United’s perspective, competing against Madrid for a player is not one of our favourite past-times in recent memory.
Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil, Luka Modric and Raphael Varane all chose Madrid over Manchester and with the potential of being European champions next year, Madrid would be an enticing prospect for any of the world’s best players.
As for Barcelona, they have a chance to salvage something from a poor season when they take on Atletico Madrid this weekend as a win will see them lift the La Liga title and now that their transfer embargo has been lifted, they are free to sign players this year.
To an outsider, Juventus would be mad to sell Vidal but they are believed to hold Paul Pogba in higher regard and could be enticed by a €40 million offer.
How likely is it that United can sign Vidal? Given that he recently signed a new contract, it would certainly be expensive and he sounds happy in Turin but if modern football has taught us anything, it is never say never.