Man Utd lodge €20m offer for experienced Barca man to replace McTominay

Date published: Monday 6th January 2020 12:58 - Matthew Briggs

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Manchester United have made a concrete offer for Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal, claims a report in Chile.

Vidal’s future has been the subject of great interest in recent times, with his gradual slide down Ernesto Valverde’s midfield pecking order seemingly signalling the end is near for his Catalonian career

Man Utd have previously been touted as a possible landing spot, with Barca boss Ernesto Valverde himself recently dropping a strong hint the Chilean will be departing Spain soon.

It has been reported for weeks that Inter Milan are heading the queue to sign the Chilean  on loan with option to buy for a total €15million.

Football Italia reports that Barcelona are holding out for €20million, but Chilean television station DirecTV say United have suddenly jumped into the race for Vidal and have made Barca a better offer than the one on the table from Inter.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has apparently offered €20million upfront, as United look for cover for the injured Scott McTominay and want-away star Paul Pogba.

However, any deal will not be straight forward with a report from Spain suggesting Valverde has now repeatedly stated Vidal is not for sale.

Sport report that Barcelona believe the Chilean midfielder is ‘untouchable’, and have given him assurances over his playing time in the coming months.

That news comes in stark contrast to reports in December ahead of El Clasico, which claimed Vidal was angry at being omitted from the side to face Real Madrid.

 

 

Reports from ESPN and Goal.com revealed that Vidal “reacted furiously” to the news he would be snubbed from the Clasico starting line-up, with the player being sure to make his “discontent known to team-mates.”

The Goal report continued that “several players attempted to calm down the player,” but were unable to resolve the situation with Vidal “walking out of Tuesday’s practice.”

Incidentally, Vidal was on the bench for the game which ended 0-0 at the Camp Nou before Christmas.

Speaking to Catalonian public broadcaster TV3, Vidal recently heightened speculation surrounding his exit, saying: “I would like to stay here forever, but I have to be objective and look at things from day to day.

“If in December or at the end of the season I don’t feel that I am important here I will have to look for a solution and widen my horizons to be important.”

Vidal has made 20 appearances this season for Barclona, but only four of those have been starts.

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