There have been almost daily updates on the Vidal situation from the foreign press, British press and others. Some suggested a fee had already been agreed while others brushed off the interest. In short, nobody fully knew what the situation was.
Ten days ago, with some degree of confidence, Mitten said he felt a deal would go through for Vidal and confirmed that negotiations were taking place (at what stage remains unknown), so for that to change to Van Gaal not wanting Vidal at all is a big shift.
Where would it leave United? A weak midfield became weaker with Michael Carrick‘s long-term injury and there is still a real necessity for another midfield arrival if United aren’t to struggle against the best teams in the Premier League next season.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to notice how poor United’s midfield is and if the reports are true, Van Gaal’s has chosen not to pursue Kroos, Fabregas and Vidal, three midfielders who certainly would have improved our current set-up.
That being said, United fans simply have to trust Van Gaal in the decisions he makes. He’s a clever man and knows precisely what he wants. There’s every chance Kevin Strootman could be his firm first choice and he may be willing to take a risk on waiting until January to sign him. On the other side of the coin, he could be looking to bring somebody in immediately.
At this stage, it’s still very much speculation because the leaks inside the club seem to have dried up, so the speculation is only set to continue.