Arturo Vidal transfer news: Manchester United 'agree' £182,000-a-week deal with Vidal as talks set to increase with Juventus - reports
Midfielder appears to closing in on a move to Manchester after his agent reportedly agreed a contract with the Premier League club
Thursday 07 August 2014
Arturo Vidal’s move to Manchester United could be back in the offing after reports claimed his agent has negotiated a deal worth an incredible £182,000-a-week for Vidal to play at Old Trafford this season.
Vidal has been United’s top transfer target after he attracted the attentions of new manager Louis van Gaal, and the central midfield role has been a particular area of concern for United for a number of years that stretches back to Sir Alex Ferguson’s time in charge.
Despite plenty of talk that Vidal was on his way to United, the deal was far from complete and quotes attributed to the Chile manager suggested that Van Gaal was reluctant to make an official move for the 27-year-old due to a worrying knee injury.
However, Italian newspaper La Stampa have claimed that his agent Fernando Felicevich has spoken with the Premier League club and agreed in principle a deal worth a staggering £182,000-a-week – nearly £9,500,000 annually before tax.
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Should the reports prove accurate, united will proceed with official talks with Juventus even though they set a deadline of yesterday for any deal to go through. United remain hopeful that Vidal will resort to pushing for a move before they can complete the deal, with Juventus holding out for a fee in the region of £47m.
United’s pre-season program has helped them with negotiations as they have shown signs of a resurrection under Van Gaal, having won all five of their matches on the travels in the United States. Vidal could yet wait and see how United begin their Premier League campaign, but it is already beginning to look clear that they have a much improved balance in the squad than this time last year.
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Whether Vidal will add to that remains to be seen, as the Chilean international is yet to confirm where he sees his football career heading – be it Turin, Manchester or anywhere else.
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