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Updated Tuesday, Jan. 14
It's emerged that David Moyes has held talks with Juventus director general Beppe Marota in the hopes of cutting a deal to sign both Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal in an audacious double coup.
Following Sunday's match against Cagliari, the Juve chief is reported by John Edwards and Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail to have met with the Scot in regards to the potential transfer.
Difficult though it might be, Moyes is adamant to strike a deal, with Pogba alone said to be worth in the region of £40 million.An excerpt from the Mail article reads:
But by the time he headed back to Manchester, he was forced to accept he would have his work cut out to entice Pogba back to Old Trafford and would have to wait until the summer to capture Vidal.
Sadly for Moyes, those close to Marotta fully expect him to resist all approaches for the likes of Pogba, Vidal, Claudio Marchisio and striker Fernando Llorente during the January window but be more receptive to overtures in the summer, particularly for Marchisio.
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Links tying Manchester United to a host of Juventus stars have deepened after Moyes was spotted at the Stadio Is Arenas this weekend to watch the Bianconeri's 4-1 win at Cagliari.
The Daily Mail's Matthew Morlidge has hinted that Arturo Vidal, Claudio Marchisio and Davide Astori rank highest on the Scot's list in regards to players that were on show in the fixture.
Vidal seems like something of an unrealistic target given that it was only several months ago that the Chilean penned a new deal in Turin and is enjoying his most fruitful scoring campaign to date ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
However, Marchisio came on as a cameo for just his 14th appearance of the Serie A season, and he could be a target that's further within reach.
Moyes and his staff are becoming increasingly active in their hunt for winter reinforcements, and it's perhaps only a matter of time until those speculative links turn into material movements.