Barcelona open talks with Manchester United target Arturo Vidal

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Barcelona make Vidal their transfer priority.
Barcelona make Vidal their transfer priority..

Barcelona have made initial contact with Arturo Vidal's representatives ahead of a potential summer transfer bid, reports Spanish newspaper Sport.

The Chilean midfielder has earned rave reviews playing for Juventus this season, inspiring them to a nine-point lead at the top of Serie A.

Antonio Conte was so convinced of the 26-year-old that he offered him a massive £200,000-a-week deal to reject the advances of Manchester United and Barcelona.

David Moyes was reportedly keen on signing Vidal in the January transfer window but upon news of Vidal's new contract, decided against making a bid.

Vidal was, however, rumoured to be one of the names placed on a £100m summer shopping list with Moyes looking to reestablish Manchester United as a Premier League force with a host of world-class stars.

But it appears they will have to beat La Liga juggernauts Barcelona if they are to land their man.

Sport say that Gerardo Martino has labelled Vidal as his number one priority for the summer with €50m thought to be enough to convince Juventus to sell.

So keen are Barcelona to get their summer recruitment drive underway that they have already had representatives from the Nou Camp open talks with Vidal's agent regarding a summer move.

Such a move places Manchester United firmly behind in the race to land Vidal should he decide to leave Turin.

Juventus are reluctant to sell, however, and Vidal has recently admitted that he is happy to stay with the Serie A champions for the foreseeable future.

If Barcelona can't convince Vidal to leave, what chance do Manchester United have?

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