Man Utd may offer Kagawa in Vidal deal
Manchester United may attempt to use a makeweight in any deal to sign Arturo Vidal from Juventus, with their concerns about the player's fitness likely to make a straight cash deal difficult to seal.
Shinji Kagawa, whom manager Louis van Gaal pointedly declared at the weekend had been incapable of operating in a new designated central position, could possibly be used to secure a breakthrough, with the €40m (£32m) the Turin side are likely to want seemingly unrealistic.
With Milan's Nigel de Jong not on United's list, Vidal appears to be United's only option, though the Ajax player Daley Blind - another possible 11th-hour target - can also operate in midfield. Juventus have not asked about Javier Hernandez as a possible bargaining chip in any deal.
Van Gaal declared last night that United's new British record signing Angel Di Maria would allow the club to begin striking fear into opposition defences once again. United declared that the agreed fee for Di Maria was £59.7m, though sources at Real Madrid last night indicated that with add-ons the figure would rise to by a further £7.1m to £66.8m.
The club announced shortly before the humiliating 4-0 defeat to MK Dons, that terms had been agreed, making Di Maria a United player.Van Gaal said of his new signing: "He is a tremendously fast and incisive left-footed player who puts fear into the most accomplished defence. His dribbling skills and his ability to take on and beat opponents are a joy to watch. He is an excellent addition to the team."
Di Maria insisted that United were "the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for" - a remarkable statement, considering that he was the outstanding player in last season's Champions League final and United are not even in this season's Europa League. Wages can have that kind of effect on a player. The Argentine will command around £200,000 a week, with the package probably taking him closer to Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney's £240,000 a week than that.
Di Maria will join up with his new United team-mates at training today and the club hope to formalise his work permit and registration by noon on Friday if he is to figure against Burnley on Saturday.