New Delhi: As the old saying goes, everything happens for a reason! For Manchester United, the same can be said after their failed pursuit of Juventus midfield star, Arturo Vidal. The Chilean who appeared to be United's muse all summer, aggravated his troublesome knee whilst on international duty for Chile. For United and Louis van Gaal, this comes as a blessing in disguise.
The 27-year old had to quit a routine training session in Miami, where Chile face Mexico and Haiti in friendlies, but is set to undergo a series of tests before returning to Italy. These concerns could be justified as Vidal might have to go back for more surgery in an attempt to address the niggling problem. The latest setback could see him be on the sidelines for a considerable amount of time.
Earlier, Vidal had required knee surgery towards the end of last season and was evidently far from full fitness at the World Cup in Brazil this year. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, who is an admirer of the midfielder was hesitant to fork out a significant fee on Vidal, with question marks surrounding his fitness. Reports had claimed that he wanted Vidal to have a medical before agreeing a fee with the Italian champions.
A move never materialised despite a series of negotiations between the clubs. Vidal stayed back with Juventus after pouring cold water to the English giants' approach as Juventus too were adamant in not selling their prized asset. Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri, has a tough task in his hands after the Vidal setback. With Andrea Pirlo out until October, this latest news comes as a big blow for the Serie A giants.
But for United, perhaps it was a stroke of luck. Louis van Gaal instead opted for the services of Angel di Maria, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao to lead the revival at Old Trafford this season. They are also set to bid for Roma's Kevin Strootman, in the winter transfer window. Strootman is currently nursing a knee injury, that he had suffered in March. That injury kept him out of the Netherlands squad for the World Cup.
Alongside Strootman, Juventus's Paul Pogba too is linked for a sensational comeback at Old Trafford. The former United French starlet, has a valuation of around GBP 60 million.