Manchester United's chase of Chile's world-class midfielder Arturo Vidal has taken a step forward with the news that Juventus "must sell" either Vidal or Paul Pogba.
David Anderson of the Mirror reports the Italian giants have to sell one of their two biggest assets in order to further finance the club:
President Andrea Agnelli’s watchword is self-financing, and Juve must cash in on either Vidal or Paul Pogba to balance their books.
Ironically, United received just £800,000 in compensation when France star Pogba left them for Juve. The Italians are now demanding £60million for the player.
United are considering a £30m offer for Chile World Cup midfielder Vidal, which the Italian champions would find hard to refuse.
Simon Johnson of The Independent also reports that Chelsea will match the figure of £60 million for Pogba allowing Juve to make a late bid for Alexi Sanchez from Barcelona. If that deal happens then the knock on effect would probably mean Vidal staying in Turin.
But the information will come as an initial boost to United in their efforts to land the player, with chief executive Ed Woodward trying to purchase the talent outlined by new manager Louis van Gaal.
However, it was only very recently that Vidal declared he is happy with life in Italy. He said to the Italian press, per Fox Sports:
"I am fine in Turin and my family is very happy in the city. In addition to that, I want to keep on winning titles with Juventus."
Despite United's interest, Stuart Mathieson of the Manchester Evening News confirmed there has been no official talks between the two clubs. He tweeted:
Understand no contact from United with Juventus over Arturo Vidal. That's not to say there won't ever be but nothing yet. #mufc— Stuart Mathieson (@StuMathiesonMEN) July 6, 2014
Vidal had a stellar season once again last year as the The Old Lady stormed to another Serie A title.
The 27-year-old hit 18 goals in 44 matches in the Italian league and European games, per WhoScored.com, confirming his status as one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the world.
How much is Arturo Vidal worth?
United do need to bring in the best talent available to their midfield and it is a no-brainer that they would want Vidal. If the Red Devils could snag the player for in the region of £30 million, it would undoubtedly be the deal of the summer.
With Patrice Evra going to Juve, per Chris Wheeler of the Mail Online, it will give United the chance to enter into dialogue over Vidal. A combination of the Chile hero with Ander Herrera would automatically put Van Gaal's team back into the title picture, with Champions League qualification well and truly back in their grasp.