Arturo Vidal might not be back from holiday for a few more days but it hasn’t stopped rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United gathering pace.
Tuttosport in Italy have reported that United have returned with a second offer for the Chilean midfielder in the region of €50m including bonuses, following up after an initial bid was rejected.
Ever since he returned from World Cup duty with Chile, the Vidal story has continued to build momentum. Early reports suggested that United balked at a £36m pricetag on Vidal but less than a week later, Gazetta dello Sport said an agreement had been reached for Vidal to join United and soon after, talks of Vidal wanting €7m net per year in wages emerged.
Juventus unsurprisingly took the public stance that Vidal was going nowhere before the player himself admitted he’d heard about the rumours. Then, reports about his agent contacting United surfaced.
Now, these fresh claims from Tuttosport suggest United are wasting no more time in pursuing Vidal and have gone back with a second offer and an overall price of €50m would certainly turn some heads in Turin, whether or not it would be enough remains to be seen.
Andy Mitten is confident United are pursuing Vidal and with Ed Woodward leaving the tour early for business, there’s every chance United are making some progress with Vidal. With Juventus likely to post a financial loss for the last year, cashing in one of their biggest assets at a time where his value will not get any higher might have more lure than most people think.