Sunday 19 January 2020

United may offer Kagawa to Juventus to seal Vidal deal

Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa
Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa

Ian Herbert

Manchester United may attempt to use a makeweight in any deal to sign Arturo Vidal from Juventus, with their concerns about the player's fitness likely to make a straight cash deal difficult to seal.

Shinji Kagawa, whom manager Louis van Gaal pointedly declared at the weekend had been incapable of operating in a new designated central position, could possibly be used to secure a breakthrough, with the £32m the Turin side are likely to want seemingly unrealistic.

With AC Milan's Nigel de Jong not on United's list, Vidal appears to be Van Gaal's only option, though the Ajax player Daley Blind - another possible 11th-hour target - can also operate in midfield.

Van Gaal declared last night that United's new Premier League record signing Angel Di Maria would allow the club to begin striking fear into opposition defences once again.

United declared that the agreed fee for Di Maria was £59.7m, though sources at Real Madrid last night indicated that with add-ons the figure would rise to by a further £7.1m to £66.8m.

The club announced shortly before the side kicked off their first League Cup second-round match since 1995, at Milton Keynes, that image rights and personal terms had been agreed, making Di Maria a United player.

Van Gaal said of his new signing: "He is a tremendously fast and incisive left-footed player who puts fear into the most accomplished defence. His dribbling skills and his ability to take on and beat opponents are a joy to watch. He is an excellent addition to the team."

Di Maria insisted that United were "the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for" - a remarkable statement, considering that he was the outstanding player in last season's Champions League final and United are not even in this season's Europa League.

Wages can have that kind of effect on a player. The Argentinian star will command around £200,000 a week, with the package probably taking him closer to Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney's £240,000 a week than that.

Di Maria will join up with his new United team-mates at training today and club officials hope to formalise his work permit and registration by noon on Friday if he is to figure against Burnley on Saturday. A work permit, however, has yet to be arranged for his compatriot Marcos Rojo.

Last night's humiliating Capital Cup drubbing at Milton Keynes focused minds on the need for reinforcements.

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