Of course, if we’re talking about direct replacements for Tom Cleverley then top of the list is unquestionably Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, who Manchester United appear to be closing in on amid one of the summer’s most arduous transfer sagas:
The Chile international has emerged as arguably the world’s most compete midfielder since joining the Old Lady in 2011 through his ability to contribute in both attack and defence. Here’s a look at how he fared last season:
That regular supply of goals from the middle of the park, as well as Vidal’s dogged athleticism, will be vital for United – Tom Cleverley, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher netted just twice collectively last season but no midfielder has bettered Vidal’s 28 goals in Serie A over the last three seasons.
Here’s a look at the 26 year-old in action:
Furthermore and perhaps most importantly, the South American has shot to stardom under Juve’s 3-5-2 formation, as shown below:
He also performed well in a similar system, albeit in a more advanced role, for Chile at Brazil 2014. That should make him the ideal man to help implement Louis van Gaal’s new-found 3-4-1-2 philosophy.
The midfielder is rated as highly as £50million however, and Vidal has claimed he’s ‘100% ready‘ for the new season in Turin.