Bayern Munich target Arturo Vidal as replacement for Toni Kroos

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Bayern Munich have reportedly joined the race to sign Arturo Vidal, seemingly providing a massive threat to Manchester United's own pursuit of the Juventus midfielder.

According to reports from Spain cited by The Daily Star, the Bundesliga champions appear set to lose Toni Kroos - another Manchester United transfer target - to Real Madrid and are now considering mounting a bid for £40 million-rated Vidal as a replacement.

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Serie A superstar

Chilean international Vidal - who impressed for his country at this summer's World Cup in Brazil - has become one of the most-sought after players in Europe in recent seasons, with the 27-year-old having impressed massively for Serie A champions Juve on a remarkably consistent basis.

Indeed, the former Bayer Leverkusen man - who moved to Turin from Germany back in 2011 - scored 11 goals in 32 appearances for the Old Lady last season, as Antonio Conte's side further demonstrated their formidable dominance by winning a third consecutive Serie A title.

Whether Vidal would be content to leave such a successful club where he is positively adored by supporters remains to be seen, although one wouldn't be surprised if he did indeed seek a fresh challenge with Juventus receiving such a chronic lack of competition for domestic glory.

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Manchester United v Bayern

Bayern Munich's supposed interest in pursuing a deal for Vidal is likely to come as a significant blow to Manchester United, with Louis van Gaal - a self-confessed admirer of his talents who supposedly first tried to sign Vidal during his own spell in charge at the Allianz Arena - believed to be ready to launch a significant bid for his services.

The Red Devils' midfield was routinely subject to fierce criticism from all angles during a woeful 2013/14 campaign under David Moyes, with the Scot largely failing to secure his primary transfer targets during his one and only summer transfer window in the Old Trafford dugout.

If offered the choice between a move to replace Kroos or join Van Gaal's revolution, it is difficult to see Vidal turning down the former, particularly with a first-team slot opening up immediately in the event of Kroos' departure.

While Bayern's humiliating Champions League semi-final mauling at the hands of Real Madrid last season somewhat dented their authority, they still seem to be setting the benchmark in European football and it would surely difficult for Vidal to resist the allure of working under Guardiola if such an opportunity arose.

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