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Blues & United talismen on Juve radar

Tores and Vidic are unlikely to leave this summer. (©GettyImages)
Tores and Vidic are unlikely to leave this summer. (©GettyImages).

Serie 'A' leaders Juventus are plotting moves for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres and Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic, according to The Daily Mirror.

The Old Lady look set to qualify for the Champions League next season, as they lead AC Milan by a point with six games remaining in Italy.

And ahead of their first campaign in Europe's premier club competition for three years, manager Antonio Conte is preparing to raid the Premier League's elite to bolster his squad.

Conte is targeting both Torres and Vidic, who both possess a wealth of European experience, as Juventus attempt to return to the continents top table.

Torres has endured a dramatic loss of form since his move to Chelsea in January 2011, having scored just eight goals since his £50 million switch from Liverpool.

His recent form has been encouraging though, having broken his six month Premier League goal drought against Aston Villa in March. However, with Chelsea set to appoint a new manager this summer, the Spaniard's future is uncertain.

Moves for the likes of Hulk and Edinson Cavani could be the precursor to Torres's departure from Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Vidic, who has been sidelined since December after rupturing his cruciate knee ligaments against FC Basel, has often proved himself indispensable at United.

The Serbian defender's partnership with Rio Ferdinand at the heart of United's back corner has been the cornerstone of their recent success, having reached three Champions League finals in the past four years, and won four of the last five Premier League titles.

Vidic is expected to return to full-fitness in time for the new season, however at 30-years-old, question marks remain over his longevity as a player, a potential pitfall for Juve.

Furthermore, United are unlikely to tempted into selling their influential captain, even with substantial backup in the way of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

Juve pulled a point clear of Milan on Tuesday night with victory over Lazio as they look to win their first legitimate Serie 'A' title in nine years.

Topics:
European News
Football
Chelsea
Premier League
Fernando Torres
UEFA Champions League
Manchester United
Nemanja Vidic

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