Despite the fact the transfer window has only been open for 14 days, it already feels like the potential signing of Arturo Vidal has taken on the characteristics of a saga. The Chilean midfield star has been continually linked with a move to United over recent weeks with journalists changing their minds by the minute.
When it comes to United transfer business there seems to be a few more trusted personnel. James Ducker of The Times, Mark Ogden of The Telegraph, Ian Ladyman of The Daily Mail and Andy Mitten of United We Stand. So far, none of these guys are in agreement on United’s supposed pursuit of Vidal. Personally, I think all of the “reliable” sources are struggling due to a lack of solid information being leaked out of United, a good sign for the new regime.
However, despite the lack of information being leaked from the club, I would pick out James Ducker as the man to listen to with regards to the Vidal issue. His view is that United aren’t “actively pursuing him at this stage”. I believe this to be correct. As things stand, United do not maintain an interest in signing Vidal. The hype that has been created is purely of media fabrication, with the Italian and English outlets piggybacking on the stories one another are printing. There is no agreed fee and there is no personal agreement in place.
I will cautiously watch the Vidal saga continue, carrying no over enthusiasm at what is nothing more than media hype. He would be a phenomenal signing, we all know that. However, it is not a signing I expect United to complete.
The transfer window has started very well, with both Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera joining Louis Van Gaal’s new regime. I think there will be another two signings at least, possibly three and a few more departures as well. I do not expect Arturo Vidal to be one of the arrivals.