Reports have emerged that Aleix Vidal’s agent is holding talks with clubs in Manchester and Liverpool. Although a specific club has not been mentioned it is highly unlikely Manchester United will bid for the wingback after signing Alexis Sanchez on a huge multimillion-pound deal.
The 28-year-old has grown restless after featuring in only 664 minutes on the pitch for Barcelona this season and is eager to find himself a new club. Vidal’s is a very prominent figure in the Catalan squad as a bench option and has registered 3 assists and 2 goals over the past 6 months. Vidal was unveiled at Camp Nou in the summer of 2015 despite the transfer ban the La Liga giants were facing at the time.
His £16m price tag was well justified after the Spaniard impressed for Sevilla in the previous season and was brought in replace a Dani Alves at the right-back position. But due to the ban, Vidal was not allowed to feature for the club in European competitions until January 2016.
It might come as a huge surprise but Vidal primarily started his professional career as a forward but was later converted to a winger. His versatility is unquestionable and can make a huge impact on a title-hungry side like Manchester City.
The Citizens are coasting through the Premier League having broken away from the pack with a 12 point lead. They conceded their first loss in the league against Liverpool and came very close to equalising the 4 goal tally from the oppositions.
Guardiola is very eager to make further additions to an already start stacked squad to help them preserve their chances of winning the quadruple this season. With a net expenditure of over £100m, Guardiola will be provided with the funds to make the necessary signings.
But even then are Vidal’s services really needed to match strides with their neighbours? Kyle Walker has hit the ground running ever since he arrived at the Etihad and is putting in consistent shifts at the back. Benjamin Mendy’s injury has caused a bit of concern to the side but the former Barcelona manager has found a replacement in Fabian Delph.
Delph has done well to adjust to what is an unfamiliar position for him and is flourishing in the fast-paced gameplay Guardiola implements. Manchester City has dominated the league with their exquisite high possession game and might require a proven La Liga talent to secure their position in the league and Europe.
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