From Chile: LVG ‘obsessed’ with Vidal, ready to pay big money but worried about knee injury

by Sam Peoples

The Chilean press have had their say on rumours linking Arturo Vidal with a move to Manchester United.

La Tercera hasn’t held back any punches by suggesting Louis van Gaal is obsessed with signing Vidal and is willing to pay big money for the Chilean midfielder.

They go on to say it is his ability to break up play combined with how good he is at creating chances going forward that make him such an appealing proposition to Van Gaal because of how much United need a player of that ilk.

Meanwhile, El Mercurio have taken an in-depth look at Vidal’s knee injuries and believe United are very much concerned that he played at the World Cup so soon after his operation despite the recommendations of his doctor and have been in touch to find out more information about it.

Prior the tournament, his doctor said: “I advise Vidal to not compete until two months after the operation, perhaps three if possible. Playing before that is hurrying him back and is a risk because the meniscus could tear again.”

Given what happened previously with Owen Hargreaves, avoiding a repeat of that scenario is going to be of paramount importance to United.

El Mercurio are also saying that a United representative will meet Juventus chief Giuseppe Marotta next week to put an offer for Vidal on the table. The offer in question is the one which has been covered by the British press recently.

The most pertinent point raised by these latest reports from Chile is how Vidal’s knee injury will be of major concern to United because the last thing we want is to break the club transfer record for a player who might have sustained long term knee damage from his World Cup performances.

At this stage, there is still nothing concrete. Various reports have said preliminary talks with Juventus have happened but there is still no offer on the table but with the World Cup finishing on Sunday, things could start to gather pace much faster very soon.

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