Manchester United could be close to making a breakthrough in their attempts to sign Arturo Vidal after reports emerged suggesting current striker Javier Hernandez could be on his way to Juventus as part of a swap deal.
United’s pursuit of the Chile midfielder has been one of the talking points of the summer with Louis van Gaal determined to strengthen his midfield after arriving at Old Trafford. The 27-year-old has remained coy on his future, although he has also been reluctant to commit his future to the Serie A champions when quizzed on a move to United.
While Juventus reiterated that the midfielder is not for sale, there is a suggestion that the Italian club would still be interested in offloading Vidal in return of £36m and two players, with one of them believed to be Mexico striker Hernandez.
The other is thought to be United misfit Nani, who has failed to deliver on his promise that led Sir Alex Ferguson to sign him from Sporting Lisbon in 2007.
Talk of the move has strengthened given that Hernandez’s agent confirmed he will have “news soon” on the future of the 26-year-old, who was urged earlier this week to leave United bu his international manager Miguel Herrera.
“For now I cannot comment on the situation,” Eduardo Hernandez told reporters in South America.
“I have no news at the moment on an exchange, I haven't spoken to anyone in England, but there will be news soon.”
The belief was that it would take up to £47m for United to prise Vidal away from his current club in a cash-only deal, but the inclusion of Hernandez and Nani could prove lucrative for Juventus, who are looking to re-invest any money received from Vidal’s possible departure.
Van Gaal had expressed a concern regarding Vidal’s fitness after he required a knee operation before the World Cup, and should United get there man before the end of the summer transfer window, he’ll be put through an extensive medical to make sure he can stand up to the rigours of the Premier League.
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