Man Utd eye Song as Vidal alternative

Manchester United will turn their attention to signing Barcelona midfielder Alexandre Song, should they fail in their pursuit of Juventus star Arturo Vidal, according to the Daily Express.

Despite a slight injury concern over his knee, Man Utd still hope to claim the signing of Vidal before the start of the new Premier League season, with a fee of £40m mooted, but Juventus have reportedly insisted that should the deal not be done in the coming week, the move would be cancelled.

The Red Devils are looking to respond by offering the Chilean a lucrative five-year contract worth £182,000 per week, but should the deal not take place for any reason, manager Louis van Gaal is ready to pursue Song, who should be a more attainable target given that he is surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp.

Signed from Arsenal in 2012, Song has made just 37 La Liga starts in two seasons with Barcelona, and new boss Luis Enrique is prepared to let him move on. As things stand, United have still made just two signings this summer, those of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw.

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