Premier League - Report: Vidal agrees £47m United deal

Manchester United are set to shatter their transfer record to sign Arturo Vidal from Juventus, according to a leading Chilean newspaper.

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Premier League - Report: Vidal agrees £47m United deal
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Arturo Vidal linked to Manchester United in El Mercurio

WHAT THEY CLAIM

Midfielder Vidal, 27, has been a key component of the Juve side which won three straight Serie A titles under Antonio Conte, though the Italian boss has since left the club.

And El Mercurio claim Vidal has verbally agreed to join United on a four-year deal for a £120,000-a-week wage.

Vidal and his representative Fernando Felicevich reportedly met with Juve officials this week for crunch talks, with both El Mercurio and Italian sources claiming they demanded that the Italian champions either match United’s offer or let him leave.

Having starred in Chile’s World Cup campaign in Brazil, Vidal has only just re-joined his Juventus team-mates after being granted an extended pre-season break, as is the case with almost every footballer who participated in the showpiece tournament.

United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who has been tasked with pursuing Van Gaal's top targets, insisted last week that the club were not finished spending and that they have the funds to smash the world transfer record.

Although Vidal's switch to United will not break that record, it will smash the club's biggest previous outlay set by Juan Mata's £37.1m switch from Chelsea in January.

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Scan of Arturo Vidal to Manchester United story in El Mercurio

OUR VIEW

We didn’t give this transfer much credibility when it first sprung onto the scene – mostly because it came in the form of United practically aiming to sign whichever Juventus midfielder out of Vidal, Paul Pogba or Claudio Marchisio the Italians would make available to them.

Since then, David Moyes has left and Louis van Gaal has arrived. Not only that, but United’s summer transfer struggles of last year were quickly vanquished by the quick purchases of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera. Talk of Pogba and Marchsio disappeared and the focus singled out Vidal, persistently so.

Suddenly, the move seemed rather possible.

The latest claims from Chile - coupled with similar suggestions yesterday in Europe - are the closest we’ve come to confirmation that serious negotiations are either happening or imminent. And if it does turn out to be the real deal, would he be worth £47 million?

Well, Vidal really is one of the finest all-round central midfielders in the world today. At 27, he’s in his prime. He would be working with one of the planet’s most respected coaches and not only that, but his mere capture would fix a lot of the damage done to United’s commercial image over the last 12 months.

Regardless of who else may or may not head to Old Trafford this summer, this is shaping up to be THE marquee acquisition the club have craved for over a year.

THE ITALIAN VIEW

Alessandro Brunetti, Eurosport Italy: As far as we are concerned, this remains a rumour for now. Not only that, but Allegri has today claimed Vidal is happy to stay at Juventus. Nonetheless, if Manchester United do offer €60m (£47m), we feel Juve will immediately sell him.

Considering they have spent around €42m in July on Morata, Pereyra and Romulo, they may well have to sell either Vidal or Paul Pogba. Either way, we still have plenty of time left in the transfer window.

WHAT JUVENTUS SAID

New Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri answered questions on Vidal during the club's pre-season schedule:

“I spoke to Vidal to understand his fitness levels. He is motivated, so club and coach are very happy he will remain in Turin.

“He had surgery just 32 days before the World Cup, so will train on a special schedule for a few days.

"Vidal is fundamental for Juventus and not just in practical terms and he wants to stay.”

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