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Man United reportedly outbid Inter Milan in race for Arturo Vidal

According to a new report coming from Herman Chanampa on Directv Chille (via Sport Witness), Manchester United have outbid Inter Milan in the race to sign Barcelona’s veteran midfielder Arturo Vidal.

What’s the word, then?

It seems that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided a new midfield addition is a must in the near future.

The same source, as relayed by Sport Witness, emphasises that the injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay have somewhat even forced the Red Devils’ hand and for that reason, they will have to bring someone in.

As a result, they have already submitted a bid that trumps the one of the Nerazzurri and should give them an edge in the negotiation process.

Besides, they also claim that Man United have a good relationship with Vidal’s entourage since these are the same representatives who worked on Alexis Sanchez’s deal.

And this puts Ernesto Valverde in a rather difficult situation.

Cutting loose ends

Vidal has been an immense presence in Barcelona’s squad in the ongoing campaign.

After all, he’s their highest goal-scorer in La Liga aside from their forward trident with six strikes to his name, and he’s also the only one who offers the Catalans consistent output from the middle of the pitch.

He seems to score goals both as an impact sub and when he starts the games, but at the end of the day he is 32 and Barcelona’s midfield is overcrowded as it is, which resulted in La Masia talents being neglected in the process.

Carles Alena has already been shipped off on loan and Riqui Puig is still stuck at Barcelona B with no real chances with the seniors.

Besides, the Catalans have a big decision to make – do they sacrifice Vidal or Ivan Rakitic, both of whom are on the wrong end of their 30s? Keeping both doesn’t seem beneficial since their respective values will only decline moving forward.

Some other reports have indicated the Chilean could be worth around £13m and the Blaugrana should maybe consider taking it while they still can. But would that be enough to compensate for the void Vidal would leave behind? Only time will tell.

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For Man United, however, this deal also doesn’t seem to make much sense.

Yes, the injuries to their midfielders are worrying but for a side that works well with pace and youth, Vidal would be a step in the wrong direction. Granted, he brings goals and that warrior mentality, which any team can benefit from, but he’s a short term fix that would leave the Red Devils with a veteran player with no resale value.

They shouldn’t fall into the trap of having a repeat of Bastian Schweinsteiger or Radamel Falcao, some recent big-name signings that couldn’t cut it at Old Trafford.

Should Manchester United sign Arturo Vidal?

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Yes

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At the end of the day, this might be one of the deals Solskjaer should avoid.

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