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Van Gaal reignites Manchester United Vidal interest

By Paul Clennam

Manchester United will persist in their pursuit of Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal at the insistence of new manager Louis van Gaal, despite being told the Italian outfit want €57 million plus Nani in exchange.

United had been discouraged from their attempts to sign the Chile international after the Serie A champions demanded such a high fee.

But Van Gaal, who tried to sign the 27-year-old during his time as manager of Bayern Munich in 2011, remains a big fan of Vidal and United are now reconsidering their position.

Talks between the player's camp and Old Trafford officials are understood to have taken place this week, and United are exploring whether a deal can be agreed with Juve.

Vidal has enjoyed a successful spell in Turin thus far, winning three consecutive Serie A titles with Juventus.

An injury cast doubt over his involvement in the World Cup, but the midfielder was one of the star performers in an impressive Chile side that was knocked out of the competition by Brazil in a penalty shootout.

Van Gaal has already secured two signings this transfer window with Ander Herrera arriving from Athletic Bilbao and Luke Shaw joining from Southampton.

And United are ready to keep on spending, financing the squad overhaul partly through player sales.

Van Gaal is understood to be open to offers for a number of players this summer, with the futures of Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young, Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez all uncertain.

The 62-year-old has also told United that he will not take any holiday once Netherlands’ World Cup campaign has ended and will begin work at Carrington next week.