Chelsea appear to be plotting a £20 million summer swoop for Juventus star Arturo Vidal, with reports also suggesting that the club view him as a potential successor to veteran midfielder Frank Lampard.
This is all according to The Daily Mirror, who further claim that Brazilian international Ramires - who is believed to be interesting Juventus - could be allowed to depart West London at the end of the season and could even head the other way in a possible swap for Vidal.
26-year-old Vidal - who joined Juventus from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen back in 2011 - has gone from strength-to-strength in Serie A, honing his talent to such an extent that he is now widely revered as one of the best all-round midfielders in the world.
Such ability evidently hasn't gone unnoticed, with Manchester United - along with Spanish giants Real Madrid - having been linked with Vidal over recent months.
With Manchester United expected to be looking out for at least one new central midfield player this summer, Vidal - who has notched 11 goals in 31 domestic appearances this season - would obviously prove an important purchase but it remains to be seen if the transfer priorities at Old Trafford will remain largely the same or alter radically under new management.
Given that Manchester United have been mentioned with regard to Vidal for most of the season so far, it would presumably be somewhat galling for supporters to see him possibly move to rivals Chelsea.
With Lampard - who has been an undeniably fantastic servant to Chelsea for more than a decade now - entering the twilight stages of a glorious career and doubts appearing to persist over the future of Ramires, a new midfielder could well be a priority over the coming months for Jose Mourinho.
Chilean international Vidal would certainly be an impressive addition for Chelsea and alongside Nemanja Matic he could help to form one of the most-feared partnerships in the Premier League.
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