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Juventus want to buy Alexis Sanchez with Arturo Vidal cash

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Juventus are trying to push through a deal to sell Arturo Vidal to Manchester United so they can reignite their interest in Alexis Sanchez, reports Sport.

The Italian champions originally opened talks with Barcelona over Vidal's Chile teammate last month, but had their €20 million offer rejected. Barcelona were holding out for around €30 million but Juventus simply didn't have the funds to meet the asking price.

Arturo Vidal sale

Antonio Conte believes the time is right to sell Vidal, whose value has shot up to a reported £48 million following an excellent domestic season as well as impressive performances at the World Cup. At 27, Vidal is entering his peak years and Juventus are keen to sell for maximum profit.

Manchester United seem frontrunners for the tough-tackling midfielder with Louis van Gaal admitting he had always held an affinity towards him. Old Trafford officials are expected to pay between £35 million and the full £48 million for him. Whatever the figure, Juventus want the deal done quickly.

Vidal out, Sanchez in

Having been encouraged that Sanchez would be interested in a move back to Serie A, Juventus are ready to immediately reinvest a proportion of Vidal's transfer fee in a renewed bid for the forward. Sanchez originally made his name at Udinese before agreeing a deal with Barcelona in 2012.

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Premier League interest

The problem for Juventus is that time is running out. Sanchez is closing in on a move to the Premier League with both Arsenal and Liverpool interested. The Gunners appear closer to a deal with Sanchez believed to have rejected the chance to be involved in a swap deal with Luis Suarez.

Arsene Wenger reportedly met Sanchez's agent in Brazil earlier this week to iron out the terms of a £130,000-a-week contract. Arsenal are still struggling to agree a deal with Barcelona, but are confident of paying no more than £25 million for 25-year-old.

Juventus hurry Manchester United

That has caused Juventus to get busy with Turin officials telling their Old Trafford counterparts to stop hanging around and complete a deal for their long-term target.

Juventus need money in the bank before they can pursue Sanchez and know that the Vidal sale is just around the corner. Manchester United have been warned that Real Madrid retain an interest in the player although Los Blancos are believed to prefer Vidal's teammate Paul Pogba.

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