Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli has gone on record with El Mercurial to say that the main problem with Arturo Vidal’s $80m move to Manchester United is Louis van Gaal‘s concerns over the condition of his troublesome knee.
Vidal went against medical advice to compete in the World Cup soon after having surgery on his knee and there are fears that the lack of a full rehabilitation period could have caused some long-term damage to the midfielder’s knee.
Sampaoli believes Vidal only played to “30-40%” of his own ability during the World Cup and praised his unselfishness for putting his body on the line for Chile regardless of the potential long-term issues it could cause.
Vidal is currently away with Juventus on their pre-season tour of Asia and while that could potentially slow down any negotiations, it would give Van Gaal the opportunity to see Vidal in action for the first time since the World Cup which will allow him to make a better judgement on his fitness.
However, Vidal will not start in Juventus’ first match on tour today and may not feature at all, depending on how fit he currently is.
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United will not want to sign Vidal if he could become Hargreaves Mk.2 and if Van Gaal has even the slightest concern over his fitness, there’s every chance he’d rather wait and try to sign Kevin Strootman in January instead.
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