Manchester United probably have ended the transfer window on a high note. Although there are many areas that left unsolved, overall it has been a good summer for them.
The Red Devils have added world class players like Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, while have added versatile and talented players, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind, who shone at the World Cup in Brazil.
One of the major disappointments for them has been the failure to sign a world class centre-back and a top level midfielder. They have been heavily linked with a move for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, but in the end the deal didn’t materialise. United never lodged any formal bid for him but various journalists had claimed that the Old Trafford club pursued a genuine interest in him.
Vidal could have been an ideal player for Manchester United this summer. He is undoubtedly the best midfielder in the world in his position and role and had United managed to get a deal for him, they probably would have considered as a threat for the Premiership title. So, in a way, missing out on him is a blow.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has somewhat rubbed salt to the wounds, by claiming that he is happy to see Vidal staying at the club but then again the player was never up for sale anyway. He insists that Vidal was not even on the transfer market, which means Juventus are sort of denying that all the millions of articles written on him this summer, all the millions of speculations and conjectures have no foundations at all!
We will never know whether the interest was genuine or not but reliable journalists have spoken and written about it, one cannot help but feel, it wasn’t completely out of thin air. Credit to Juventus for holding on to their star player, but think there is a slight dig at Manchester United or other clubs who wanted to sign Vidal here.
Allegri attended a traditional workshop organised by UEFA in Nyon where he also added that he was not disappointed to see Radamel Falcao, a reported target of Juventus, joining Manchester United.