Football

Vidal to snub United: report

Manchester United target Arturo Vidal has seemingly ruled out a move to Old Trafford.

The sought-after Juventus and Chile midfielder has been closely linked with a big-money switch to United this summer but, according to reports in Italy, the 27-year-old has indicated his future is not with Louis van Gaal's side.

Speaking on his return to Turin following a post-World Cup holiday, Gazzetta dello Sport reported Vidal (below) as saying: "Can I say that I stay at Juve? I do not know. I will talk with (new Juve coach Massimiliano) Allegri, then we'll see. I'm happy here.

"I have not yet spoken with Allegri and even with my friends, I do not go to Manchester."

If United fail in their bid to sign Vidal, they could turn their attention to Angel di Maria, who, according to the Daily Express, is considering whether to quit Real Madrid for United or Paris Saint-Germain.

Spanish radio station Cadena Cope claimed yesterday that what has become one of the transfer sagas of the summer could be resolved in the next few days.

Argentina winger di Maria is believed to favour a move to PSG over United, but Financial Fair Play restrictions have hampered negotiations.

Real are reportedly willing to let di Maria leave this summer having landed James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, but they will not let the Argentina international leave on the cheap.

Indeed, reports suggested that Real are holding out for £40 million ($84.3m) for the 26-year-old.

It is thought that PSG and Real may have arrived at a deal that would see di Maria loaned to the club for a year, with the French champions obliged to purchase the player outright at the end of the season.

That may allow PSG more time to get their finances in order and avoid possible sanctions from Uefa.

But United remain in the running, and could emerge as favourites if they can offer better terms than Real.

Ultimately, it seems that the decision is likely to come down to the player, which could put the Red Devils at a disadvantage. - Wire Services.