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Thursday 2 October 2014

Van Gaal wary over Vidal: Sampaoli

Published 06/08/2014 | 11:21

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Arturo Vidal has been strongly linked with Manchester United

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has doubts about signing Arturo Vidal due to concerns over the midfielder's knee, Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli has claimed.

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United have been strongly linked this summer with Juventus' Vidal, the 27-year-old who featured for Chile at the World Cup.

Quoted by El Mercurio, a newspaper in Vidal's homeland, Sampaoli made reference to a potential 80 million US dollars (around £47million) deal between Juve and United being jeopardised by the knee issue.

Vidal underwent surgery on his right knee in May before returning to help his country reach the last 16 in Brazil.

Sampaoli was quoted as saying: "The problem in Vidal's transfer from Juventus to Manchester United for 80 million dollars is the doubt that Van Gaal has with respect to the improvement of Arturo's knee."

Meanwhile, Van Gaal has given a significant hint that he is interested in Fiorentina's Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado.

Van Gaal, quoted by The Daily Star, said: "I cannot talk about Cuadrado, because if I say something about him the price will rise."

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