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Manchester United Transfer News: £34m Arturo Vidal Bid Lined Up

26/08/2014 08:03 BST | Updated 26/08/2014 08:59 BST

Manchester United's megastore shirt printers have run out of "R"s and they might need few more if anyone wants "Arturo" on the back of their replica. Yes, after Angel di María's transfer is concluded United look set to intensify their pursuit of Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal.

United's keenness in Vidal, despite comments to the contrary, is genuine. Louis van Gaal did (does?) have issues over the Chilean's fitness but he wasn't just spitballing when he name-dropped "Vidal" after United's stultifying stalemate at Sunderland on Sunday.

Juve retain an interest in Javier Hernández, which could prove to be useful for United with James Wilson's emergence. They do have just six days to sign the dominant midfielder and imposing centre-back they desperately need.

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Vidal could be the belated antidote to United's midfield malaise

As for Daley Blind, he still hasn't heard anything...

However the Sun are confident he'll be a United player this time next week.

Mehdi Benatia is still not a Bayern Munich player, which could be encouraging for United, although there have been conflicting reports on whether the club actually want the Roma defender.

And Olivier Giroud's ankle injury could force Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger to sign a striker - yes, a striker - an actual striker who might start games. And that man could be Danny Welbeck.

Welbeck is still agitating for a United transfer four months after his representatives revealed he wanted to leave the club on the morning of David Moyes' final match in charge.