Man United & Man City turned down chance to sign Barcelona-bound Arturo Vidal

As per a report from Jose Alvarez Haya, Arturo Vidal, who is set to join Barcelona from Bayern Munich imminently, was offered to both Manchester United and Manchester City earlier this summer.

South American star

Vidal, an experienced 31-year-old Chilean international, joined Bayern from Italian giants Juventus in the summer of 2015 for a fee in the region of 40 million Euro.

The all-action box-to-box powerhouse has long been regarded as one of world football’s finest midfielders (though injuries and age have caught up with him somewhat of late), with his sensational performances for his country during their back-to-back Copa America triumphs in 2015 and 2016 having only served to reinforce this widely-shared opinion.

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However, rather suprisingly, Vidal has nevertheless been persistently linked with an exit from the Alliaz Arena over the last 12 months, with Manchester United and Chelsea having long been touted as potential destinations for the South American.

MUNICH, GERMANY – APRIL 12: Arturo Vidal #23 of Muenchen celebrates after he heads his team’s opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Real Madrid CF at Allianz Arena on April 12, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Hesitance

The last couple of weeks saw a new front-runner emerge for the veteran, though, in the form of Serie A outfit Inter Milan.

The Nerazzurri are known to be on the lookout for reinforcements in the middle of the park, with reports stemming from Italy having previously suggested a strong mutual interest between the Italian giants and Vidal.

But, after conflicting claims began to emerge regarding the possibility of Inter securing a shock deal for Real Madrid star Luka Modric, Vidal was said to have been put on the back-burner by the Italian giants.

Catalunya bound

And, if Inter can’t eventually push a deal for Modric over the line, which looks a far more likely outcome than the Milanese outfit actually convincing Real to part ways with the Croatian, then their hesitance in securing Vidal’s signature in due course looks set to prove hugely costly.

This is due to the late emergence of Barcelona as contenders for Vidal’s signature, with the Blaugrana having joined and subsequently surpassed Inter in the race for the Chilean over the last 48 hours.

And, as per an official announcement across the club’s social media platforms yesterday afternoon, Barca have since gone on to clinch a deal with Bayern over Vidal, with the explosive midfielder expected in Catalunya to undergo his medical over the coming days.

Turned down

But, if a report from the generally reliable Jose Alvarez Haya earlier today is to be believed, then Vidal’s future could very easily have lay in the Premier League this summer.

Haya, an expert when it comes to news regarding Manchester City, claims that both the Citizens and Manchester United were given the chance to secure Vidal’s signature, only for both to reject the Chilean due to his age and chequered recent injury history:

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