Manchester United: Arturo Vidal puts house up for sale, as Ed Woodward boasts of transfer power

Arturo Vidal

Manchester United CEO says nothing will restrict the club in the transfer market, as rumoured target Arturo Vidal makes an intriguing decision.

Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward has boasted of the club's financial strength, just as Arturo Vidal has added to the speculation regarding his future.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport have reported that Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has made the intriguing move of putting his house up for sale. The paper believe it is likely linked to his future.

"Vidal has given a mandate to an agency to proceed with the sale: of course it is a transfer that can only mean the desire of the player to move house, so a simple move that in the recent past has affected several players of Juventus, or may mean anything else. And at this point (it) should be considered as key in the market."

Gazzetta report that Juventus could not compete with the €6 million per year United have been linked with offering the Chilean international, and claim that despite general manager Beppe Marotta's claims he is not actively up for sale, an offer just short of €45 million may be enough to seal a sale.

The report came out in the same day United's CEO claimed the club are active behind the scenes and will not be held back at all financially this summer.

Ed Woodward told ManUtd.com: "We are willing to invest. There is no fixed budget. Financially we are extremely strong and funds are available.

"Louis is assessing what’s going on and there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes, so watch this space."

Midfield is an area of key concern for United, and with Michael Carrick out injured for 10 weeks, their need to strengthen is re-emphasised. Forgotten man Anderson has also missed out on his last-gasp chance to impress, injured and unable to fly out for the club's pre-season tour.

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