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Last Updated: 24/05/15 at 11:29 Post Comment

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Interesting line first up, even if it does seem to have stemmed from a combination of the Daily Star and It's not a good look.

Several agencies are reporting that Arsenal have agreed a four-year deal with Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, after discussions with his agent Fernando Felicevich. If that's true, the rules on tapping up don't exist anymore.

You may remember (it'll be burnt into your minds) that Manchester United chased Vidal for most of last summer, but it's now reported that Arsenal and Liverpool are at the front of the queue. In truth, Vidal's season was not brilliant, and Juventus are thought to be happy to let him leave if they can get a sizeable offer.


Oh Angel, it's really gone so very badly. Many Manchester United supporters may keep the faith that Di Maria may come good next season, but the worry must be that United would prefer to cut their losses now.

Louis van Gaal has been publicly critical of Di Maria in recent weeks. "The players have had to adapt to the philosophy and Di Maria has to do that," the manager said on May 16. "He can still do that, of course, because every player can, but it's important that he wants to do that in his head. When you are open to coaching, then you can change. But a change of behaviour is very difficult."

"Always, the old errors are coming back, so a change of behaviour is not so easy. So we have to wait and see. It's not that Di Maria doesn't have the quality. He has to perform in a way that we want."

Such quotes were always likely to generate rumours, and The Sun claim that Paris St Germain are looking to sign the Argentinean on a season-long loan deal, with a view to making it permanent in summer 2016. The question remains as to whether United would be prepared to take a £15m hit.


Having discussed a player leaving Old Trafford, let us now examine a rumour of a playing coming in. The Daily Mail claims that United have stepped up their efforts to sign central defender Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia. That's after Mats Hummels rejected a move away from Borussia Dortmund.

The sticking point might be Valencia's asking price of £36m. We're prepared to look foolish, but there is no way on this wonderful earth that Otamendi is worth that much. No siree.


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