Jose Alvarez: Manchester City and Manchester United rejected chance to sign Bayern star

Barcelona new boy Arturo Vidal was offered to both Manchester City and Manchester United last month, Spanish journalist Jose Alvarez claims.

The 31-year-old has just left Bayern Munich for the Catalan giants, but the Manchester giants were offered the chance to sign him for a reasonable price before Barça beat Inter to his signature.

Alvarez claims that Manchester City and Manchester United both had reservations because of the Chilean’s age and the fact he has undergone two knee surgeries, meaning a physical decline could happen at any time.

Guardiola coached Vidal for one season during his time at Bayern Munich, handing the former Juventus star 47 starts in the 2015-16 season. A few years ago, one of the Manchester clubs would undoubtedly have taken the opportunity to sign him, but it appears they now favour younger players.

Manchester United have signed former City target Fred, 25, to reinforce their midfield, while City pursued 26-year-old Jorginho all summer only to see him snatched from their hands by Chelsea.

Pep said at his Friday press conference that a new midfield signing was possible, but he would only add “special players” to his squad rather than “extra players”. City have applied for a work permit for Brazilian youngster Douglas Luiz who is expected to add cover for Fernandinho this season.

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