Do Manchester United face €60m Vidal move being hijacked by Pep Guardiola?

Pep Guardiola

Could Manchester United pay for stalling over signing Arturo Vidal?

Pep Guardiola has done a huge amount of damage to United over the years, and may be in a position to consider adding to the list.

After seeing his Barcelona sides defeat the Red Devils in both the 2009 and 2011 Champions League Finals, he beat them to the signing of Thiago Alcantara last summer, and ensured Bayern once again knocked United out of the competition.

Now the German champions have added reason to consider signing Arturo Vidal, and hijack the big target United want to sign once again.

Bayern lost 2-0 in the Super Cup to Borussia Dortmund last night, highlighting that Jurgen Klopp's rebuilt side are going to be a big threat again this season - and lost a key midfielder in the process.

Spanish international Javi Martinez was stretchered off, with suspected but as yet unconfirmed knee ligament damage. If this turns out to be months out rather than week, Bayern have extra reason to be in the market for a new addition.

They have already reluctantly lost Toni Kroos, who started 24 Bundesliga and 11 Champions League games last season, while Thiago's injury worries continue.

Guardiola is already known to be less than enthused personally with Bastian Schweinsteiger's suitability for his system, and with Martinez injured, he may now feel enough is enough.

Juventus are widely reported to be ready to cash in on Arturo Vidal at a big price, enabling them to sign a defender, midfielder and a striker with the money, while the Chilean's head is said to have been turned by a reported offer from United to double his wages.

United are so far however yet to cough up the fee Juventus want, and stalling could come back to bite them if Bayern decide to get involved. With financial power to match, Vidal knows the Bundesliga from his time at Leverkusen, and the Champions League would be an added temptation over the Red Devils.

At this stage it's simply conjecture to pose the question, but it is worth keeping an eye on over the coming days or weeks, and United would be advised not to hang about if they are serious about signing him. 

United fans, how would you react if Bayern won the race for Vidal? Could it happen?

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