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United not after Carvalho and cool on Vidal

ESPN staff
August 29, 2014
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Manchester United have no interest in signing Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho and are no longer planning to bring in Arturo Vidal from Juventus before the end of transfer window, sources have told ESPN.

United have been monitoring Vidal, 27, this summer but have yet to submit a bid for the midfielder.

There were reports that United were about to make an offer for Carvalho, 22, but he is of no interest to manager Louis van Gaal, even though Sporting have reportedly reduced their asking price from £37m to £24m.

Manchester United are yet to submit a bid for Arturo Vidal © Getty Images

Carvalho was scouted extensively by Van Gaal's predecessor, David Moyes, but the United manager has since switched his attention to other targets, bringing in two midfielders in Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao and Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid.

While United have not contacted Juventus about Vidal, Van Gaal fuelled speculation that he is keen to sign him when, after Sunday's 1-1 draw against Sunderland, he said: "I like Vidal."

United had turned their attention to signing the midfielder after completing the transfer of Di Maria from Madrid earlier this week.

However, Juventus have always said they are keen to keep Vidal and United have yet to approach either the club or the player, perhaps being deterred by his knee problem.

"He's a fundamental player for Juve and he will stay with us," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri told a news conference. "He feels good and is training. His knee must be managed and he will start as a regular."

Vidal himself also appeared to quash rumours that he is set to depart for United before the end of the transfer window.

He wrote on Twitter on Friday ahead of the new Serie A season: "Ready to start the championship! 100% let's go Juventus !!!!!"

United have been in talks with Juventus about striker Javier Hernandez. They have also already dealt with Sporting when signing defender Marcos Rojo, so would have had the opportunity to talk to the clubs about Vidal and Carvalho if they had wished.

United have spent £132m this summer on bringing in Di Maria, who cost a British record fee of £59.7m, plus Herrera, Rojo and left-back Luke Shaw.

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