FIVE Arturo Vidal alternatives for Manchester United to consider

Manchester United have been chasing Arturo Vidal for quite a long time, with multiple bids being rejected during the summer window. So it may be about time Louis van Gaal begins to search for other players capable of the role with the Chile star likely to stay with Juventus.

Although the club are still in search of new centre-backs, United are said to still be in the market for one more additional midfielder. Whether it is the Juve man or not, only time will tell as the window won’t open until January.

Should Van Gaal finally forget a move for Vidal, here are FIVE alternatives he could still consider…
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Kevin Strootman

Name: Kevin Strootman
Age: 24
Position: Centre Midfield
Nationality: Netherlands
Club: AS Roma
Price: £80 million (asking price)

After Arturo Vidal, Kevin Strootman is the next name on the list of midfield generals capable of producing the displays wanted by Louis van Gaal. Having already worked with one another during their time in the Holland national squad, he is definitely the preferred choice.

In addition, his link-up with Dutch teammate Daley Blind will add even more stability into the Manchester United midfield. However, Roma have placed a huge £80 million asking price on his head, halting any further negotiations for the time being.

William Carvalho

Name: William Carvalho
Age: 22
Position: Defensive Midfield
Nationality: Portugal
Club: Sporting Lisbon
Price: £20 – £25 million

William Carvalho is another possible target who could easily make his way into the Manchester United squad and hopefully secure a role for years to come. The Sporting Lisbon man, despite only being 22, is already a prominent member of the Portugal national team.

Given his huge potential, he has already attracted interest from both Chelsea and Arsenal, meaning Louis van Gaal isn’t alone in his chase for the highly rated defensive midfielder. With Daley Blind in the line up, it could give Carvalho some extra freedom to roam.

Sami Khedira

Name: Sami Khedira
Age: 27
Position: Defensive Midfield
Nationality: Germany
Club: Real Madrid
Price: £10 – £15 million

Sami Khedira has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs after seeing his role at Real Madrid diluted over the past season. A very strong tackler, he is capable of dictating play in the middle of the park as well as serving as an extra creative outlet in the final third.

Manchester United will surely be boosted by his experience and quality should Louis van Gaal decide to sign him. Similar to William Carvalho, he may need to compete with league rivals Chelsea and Arsenal, who are also linked with a move for the Real Madrid star.

Nigel De Jong

Name: Nigel De Jong
Age: 29
Position: Defensive Midfield
Nationality: Netherlands
Club: AC Milan
Price: £8 – £13 million

Nigel De Jong is another player than Louis van Gaal can turn to if he wishes to add some stability to his midfield as the pair have already worked together during their time for the national team. He is known for his hard tackling style, which is a real asset when it comes to controlling the midfielder.

Although he earlier dismissed linked with a move to Old Trafford, he could change his mind given the huge improvement and spending they have been through. De Jong’s addition could mean Daley Blind gets move further up, or he could even revert to his original 3-5-2 formation.

Ilkay Gundogan

Name: Ilkay Gundogan
Age: 23
Position: Centre Midfield
Nationality: Germany
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Price: £20 – £25 million

Manchester United have been linked with Ilkay Gundogan for some time, but after his injury set-backs the club focused their full attention on Arturo Vidal. He played a vital role for Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga victory and given his age, could become a top player once more when fully recovered.

Louis van Gaal is already said to be monitoring his situation and could consider making a formal offer ahead of the January window. Gundogan is the type of midfielder that does his defensive duties, but when given the opportunity, will be right in with his attackers trying to make something happen.