Anything other than the signing of Chilean World Cup star Arturo Vidal for Manchester United this summer will be viewed with huge disappointment by the fans. Because they have invested so much energy and time following the story of his potential transfer to the club and would love to see the Plan A come off.
Vidal would also represent the A-list, Hollywood signing that Manchester United have been awaiting since Cristiano Ronaldo left the club in 2009. Since then they have heard a hell of a lot of speculation about arrivals but only Robin van Persie has come through the door in terms of players of real note.
But Vidals’s recent knee problem could well put Manchester United off signing Vidal, especially in light of the massive aggro they had with Owen Hargreaves.
This could turn their attention elsewhere and reports today suggest that Nigel De Jong may be seen as the short term solution while the club waits for the recovery of Roma player Kevin Strootman.
The Express reports:
MANCHESTER UNITED are in talks with Nigel De Jong’s representatives over a move to Old Trafford this summer.
In truth De Jong is a poor man’s Vidal – he’s more basic version of the Chilean with less goal threat and inferior technique. But he’s played 76 times for Holland and, at 29, he’s at his peak. He’s a highly disciplined and mobile player who will break up attacks and keep his passing simple.
Manchester United will soon forget that he played for their hated rivals if he starts showing his best form.
Let’s take a look at the lad in action. Manchester United fans: would you rather sign De Jong and wait for Strootman than sign Vidal at this stage?