Arturo Vidal backed for Real Madrid move by Ivan Zamorano

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Arturo Vidal appears to have been backed to join Real Madrid by Ivan Zamorano, with Manchester United also believed to be in the hunt for the signature of a player who has been kindly dubbed by his compatriot as 'extraordinary'.

Transfer speculation linking both clubs the Juventus midfielder appears to have increased in recent weeks, with reports over the weekend suggesting that it will take a fee of around €60 million to prise Vidal away from Turin.

And in quotes attributed to Chilean icon Zamorano in Spanish publication Marca, the former Real Madrid striker admitted that club president Florentino Perez has quizzed him about Vidal in the past. The 47-year-old's response leaves little doubt as to his opinion on the matter.

"When I came here six months ago Florentino asked about him and I told him I'd sign him with my eyes closed. He's an extraordinary player and would be great for Real Madrid," he said.

"Vidal could play anywhere in the world. He is doing very well in the most demanding league, which is the Italian one, and could fit in here nicely".

Whether Vidal does go on to leave Juventus after helping Antonio Conte's side to their third consecutive Serie A title remains to be seen, with the Old Lady presumably desperate not to have their reign of domestic dominance threatened by the loss of such an influential talent.

However, if he were to seek a fresh challenge away from the club he first joined from Bayer Leverkusen back in 2011, it is clear that he could well have his pick of arguably the two most prestigious clubs in world football.

The benefits of a move to Real Madrid are obvious, of course, with the La Liga giants having just ended their nervous weight for their 10th European Cup triumph with a comfortable victory over cross-city rivals Atletico in Lisbon.

Although there has obviously been frequent instability at Real over recent years with a number of managers coming and going on a regular basis, in Carlo Ancelotti the club may finally have find the perfect fit.

Manchester United, meanwhile, could certainly use a player of Vidal's undoubted class as they look to recover from what was a catastrophic 2013/14 campaign.

New boss Louis van Gaal is know to be a fan of the Chile international and has even admitted to having always wanted to sign Vidal dating back to his stint in the Bundesliga.

Of all the areas of the current Manchester United squad that are currently in need of Van Gaal's urgent experience, midfield would appear to be the most undermanned.

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