Paper Talk: Woodward key as Man Utd make contact over surprise January deal for Barca star

Date published: Monday 2nd December 2019 8:12 - James Marshment

Ed Woodward is making good his contacts to bring a Barcelona man to Manchester United in January, while a surprise destination for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been suggested in the January transfer window.



Manchester United have reportedly made contact over a possible January transfer for Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal, according to a report.

The 32-year-old Chilean star has started just three matches for Barca this season and is widely expected to leave Catalonia when the winter window opens, with a move to Serie A tipped.

However, The Sun via FC Inter News, claims it is United who have made the first contact with the former Bayern Munich and Juventus star’s agent over a January move to Old Trafford.

And they claim United have an excellent chance of signing the player due to United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s relationship with Vidal’s agent Fernando Felicevich, with the two having recently dealt with one another over the deal that took Alexis Sanchez initially to Old Trafford and more recently, on loan to Inter Milan.

It’s suggested Vidal is desperate to quit the Nou Camp to increase his playing time and would more than welcome a switch to Old Trafford to rejuvenate both his career and United’s season.

Furthermore, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reckons Vidal’s tigerish displays and midfield know-how could prove a useful addition to the United ranks.

In a recent interview, Vidal stressed he will weigh up his options this month to see if he has a future with the Blaugrana.

He said: “If in December or at the end of the season I think I am not important here, I will have to find a solution and evaluate the horizons to be so again.”

The report claims Barca will allow Vidal to depart for a fee of around €15m (£12.8m) which would be comfortably within United’s budget.

In addition, the Daily Mail claims Barca have already lined up Vidal’s replacement, having sounded out Borussia Dortmund over a €25m (£21m) deal to sign Germany midfielder Julian Weigl.




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