Arturo Vidal has been offered to Manchester United by intermediaries, recent speculation suggests.
Such a claim is made by The Daily Mail, who report that the Red Devils are aware that reigning European champions Real Madrid are also interested in signing Juventus' talismanic central midfielder.
While the reaction of Manchester United to such an offer is not detailed, Vidal - who is currently preparing to take part in the 2014 World Cup on his home continent with Chile - has previously been identified as one of the players to have made up Louis van Gaal's summer transfer shortlist.
A dynamic, tenacious and powerful midfielder, Vidal has been absolutely critical to the Old Lady's significant and non-stop domestic success since arriving in Turin from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen back in 2011.
A winner of three consecutive Serie A titles and two Supercoppa Italiana crowns, the 27-year-old has proven himself to be one of the world's elite players and unsurprisingly appears to valued by current boss Antonio Conte at a minimum of an eye-watering £50 million.
The benefits of Manchester United and Van Gaal bringing Vidal to Old Trafford hardly need to be spelt out for the majority of the club's sizeable fanbase.
During what was a hugely forgettable and often embarrassing 2013/14 Premier League season, David Moyes' midfield came under constant scrutiny and pressure for a perceived lack of performance on an all-too frequent basis.
Such underwhelming form cost the likes of Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley places in England's own squad for this summer's Brazilian showpiece, although it remains to be seen if one of that duo could be called up to replace Arsenal counterpart Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who will miss up to three weeks with a knee injury sustained during Wednesday night's 2-2 friendly draw with Ecuador in Miami.
Vidal - whose own Chile side are considered as a team to keep a close eye on during the tournament despite the fact that Jorge Sampaoli's side have been placed in a difficult group alongside the likes of Spain and the Netherlands - would certainly be an enormous upgrade on that particular pair.
Indeed, if Van Gaal has not quite made up his mind yet as to whether he intends to actively pursue Vidal, he will have the chance to decide once and for all later this month with his Oranje team due to square off against Chile in São Paulo on June 23.
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