Despite winning their 10th European Cup final last weekend, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is keen to bolster his midfield options. Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira both missed large chunks of this season through injury, while Asier Illarramendi has struggled to impose himself at the Bernabeu following his big-money move from Real Sociedad last summer, leaving Luka Modric as the team's only reliable central midfielder.
Subsequently - according to Spanish newspaper AS, who cite Tuttosport - Real Madrid have identified Chile international Vidal as the perfect midfield acquisition. The 27-year-old, who has a €50m asking price, is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world in his position and is expected to star at next month's World Cup finals in Brazil.
But Los Blancos may face stiff competition from their fierce La Liga rivals Barcelona and Premier League side Manchester United, whose manager Louis van Gaal will have as much as £200m to spend on reinforcements this summer. Real Madrid, though, may have the upper hand in the race to sign the South American if they use striker Alvaro Morata as a makeweight.
The young Spanish striker is wanted by Juventus - along with Arsenal and Manchester United - although Real Madrid are keen to insert a buy-back clause into the 21-year-old's contract when he moves on to his next club. Barcelona, meanwhile, may regard Vidal as the perfect long-term replacement for the ageing Xavi Hernandez.
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