Arturo Vidal’s flirtations with a move to Manchester United was the transfer saga of the summer.
Louis van Gaal decided against a move for the highly rated Chilean midfielder and concerns over the condition of knee following surgery last year and him playing in the World Cup.
United fans hoped the Chilean would be the marquee signing this summer but it never happened and if current reports that are circulating turn out to be true, United may have dodged a very expensive bullet.
He may not be at the club any more but Owen Hargreaves taught United a lesson which has clearly had a ripple effect. Van Gaal wasn’t willing to take the risk and it may well have been the right decision in the grand scheme of things because the last thing United needed was a marquee player who spent more time injured than playing.
Ruud van Nistelrooy may have turned out OK after his injury but it is a big risk signing a player after a serious injury.
United have repeated the risk on Radamel Falcao but have the safety net of the first year being a loan. If his knee recovers fully, the Colombian will likely join in a permanent deal. If not, United are not obliged to sign him.