Manchester United have long been linked with a move for Juventus’ Arturo Vidal and thanks to his impressive performance at the World Cup, the links have continued to get stronger.
It has been reported United would be willing to pay Vidal £230,000 a week if he joined and today, Italian newspaper Tuttosport‘s front page splash suggests if Vidal were to leave Juventus this summer, he would prefer a move to United over Real Madrid.
Tuttosport say that United have had direct and indirect contact with Vidal’s representatives about a move but that no official offer has yet been submitted by either United or Madrid.
While Juventus are in no rush to sell, Tuttosport believe an offer of €60m would be enough to sign him as it would give Juventus enough funds to make two substantial signings to replace Vidal.
Why would Vidal prefer a move to United over Madrid? One of two things, or both – money and status. At United, he’d become one of our top earners but that isn’t to say that wouldn’t be the case in Madrid given how substantial their budgets are, let alone when you add the near £50m they received for winning the Champions League.
However, status is where United could trump Madrid because the scenarios would be very different. In Madrid, Vidal would walk into a pressure pot where nothing but the absolute best is expected from the first minute of his Madrid career. The highs would be great but the lows would be swallowing and he’d be just another superstar in a team bursting at the seams with them.
At United, that wouldn’t be the case. He’d come straight away and be seen as a midfield demi-god. Expectations of his performances would immediately be there given what he would cost but he’d be afforded time by both the club and fans to adapt and grow, a luxury he wouldn’t be given in Madrid.
That being said, Vidal loves Juventus and even has tattoos on his arms in commemoration of their Scudetto wins, so it would take a substantial offer to pry him away from Turin.
The situation all depends on how deep United’s pockets are. If United were to go forward with a club record bid of €60m, Juventus are more than likely going to sell because it would be an offer that is too good to turn down but whether United are willing to spend that much on a 27-year-old remains to be seen.