Manchester United have been given a further deadline by Juventus in their quest to sign Chile superstar Arturo Vidal, with the Italian giants needing a small window of opportunity to replace the player if he leaves.
Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport reports that Juve have given the Red Devils until Aug. 15 to submit an acceptable bid for the dynamo (via Ben Green of 101 Great Goals).
Italian sports correspondent Tancredi Palmeri claims United have already submitted a huge offer to the Old Lady for Vidal's services, with Juve demanding two players in return:
Manchester United have bid a figure between 45-48m€ for Vidal. Juventus have replied they want also 2 players, 1 of the two is Chicharito— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 12, 2014
Vidal has been United's primary target all summer, but Tuttosport (via Green) says the deal for the player looks less likely, with the midfielder looking "relaxed" on the Italian champions' pre-season tour of Asia and Australia.
The 27-year-old was pivotal in his club's success last term, featuring 32 times in Serie A and scoring 11 goals, per Squawka.
Tuttosport also reports United's potential deals for Angel Di Maria and Juan Cuadrado will further complicate matters and lessen the chances of Vidal arriving at Old Trafford this summer.
Cuadrado will shortly have to decide whether his future lies in the Premier League or with Barcelona. Marca reports that the Colombian wide player is biding his time as he waits to see what interest the Catalan club has in him.
And M. Carmen Torres of Marca says Barca will make one final offer for the player as Luis Enrique is keen to add a mobile right-sided player to his squad. United have so far outbid the Spanish giants.
Cuadrado's Fiorentina team-mate Borja Valero has begged the player to stay with his current Italian team.
Chisanga Malata of the Daily Star quotes Valero insisting that Cuadrado should turn down United and remain at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, in an interview with Goal.com:
I do not know if he is staying or going.
He has not said anything to me about it.
Hopefully for the sake of the team he will stay because he is one of the best players we have. If he has to go then hopefully it's the best possible deal for him and the club.
The 26-year-old hugely impressed during Colombia's World Cup campaign, grabbing four assists and scoring once in his five appearances, per WhoScored.com.
Vidal and Cuadrado would both be sensational purchases for United and would take the first team to a new level.
United have been crying out for a world-class midfielder like Vidal for many years and have arguably never replaced Roy Keane, with Owen Hargreaves a failed attempt at this. But with the clock ticking away, Vidal's arrival looks unlikely, although surprises have happened late in transfer windows of the past.
How much is Juan Cuadrado worth?
Cuadrado would offer the Reds a versatile wide talent who can play both as a winger and a wing-back.
United look short of quality on the right-hand side, and if Nani is eventually shown the door at any point in the future, Cuadrado would be the perfect replacement.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will surely be looking to add a star name to United's roster in the next few weeks, and either player would give United fans the boost they desire before their campaign fully gets under way.