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Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal Swoop Launched

BERGAMO, ITALY - DECEMBER 22:  Arturo Vidal (L) and Paul Pogba of Juventus celebrate the 4th goal during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and Juventus at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on December 22, 2013 in Bergamo, Italy.  (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2014

David Moyes reportedly has launched a stunning bid to try to land Juventus stars Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal.

As reported by John Edwards and Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail, the Scottish boss is said to have held talks with Juve officials after watching the Serie A side thrash Cagliari on Jan. 12:

David Moyes has held talks with Juventus’s chief transfer negotiator after planning a bold double move for Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal.

The Manchester United manager met boardroom boss Beppe Marotta after Juventus’s game at Cagliari on Sunday and discussed the possibility of signing either, or both, of his top two targets.

Unfortunately for United supporters, Edwards also notes that Moyes "would have his work cut out to entice Pogba back to Old Trafford and would have to wait until the summer to capture Vidal."

While both moves would strengthen the Red Devils' first team in a major way, it is highly unlikely Juventus would let two of their most important midfielders leave, especially as the Turin-based club look to be building their success around the duo.

Pogba and Vidal have racked up an equal share of 50 appearances in Serie A and the Champions League this season, per WhoScored.com, highlighting their importance to a side that currently sits eight points clear at the top of the domestic division.

Vidal signed a one-year contract extension at the club in December 2013, reported by Sk Sports, suggesting he is not ready to leave the Juventus Stadium.

While Pogba was once under the grasp of Sir Alex Ferguson, the former United manager's decision to let the French powerhouse leave looks like a terrible misjudgement.

Ferguson pushed Pogba out the door after his request of more playing time and a £20,000-per-week contract, reported by ESPN. Former Juventus star Zinedine Zidane recently labelled the decision "a mistake," claiming Pogba is a "natural successor to Paul Scholes, someone they could have built the team around."

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Manchester United Manager David Moyes shouts instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on January 11, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun B
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Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star believes Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the 20-year-old, suggesting a lofty transfer fee would be needed to have a shot of securing his signature.

As reported by Gill Clark of Goal.com, Arsenal's potential interest in the player hit a snag when Giuseppe Marotta claimed the club "have closed the door to any possible buyer."

Martin Laurence of WhoScored.com certainly believes United's hope of landing a double-swoop is impossible:

While Moyes will dream of landing either of these two excellent midfielders, it's likely United will have to search elsewhere for reinforcements. Marouane Fellaini remains the former Everton manager's only signing so far and, having failed to make a positive impact, Moyes needs to ensure his next addition is the right man for United.

The signing of Pogba or Vidal would certainly galvanise United's struggling season, but right now, it appears there's little chance of either happening.

 

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