Manchester United are paying €50 million to Juventus for the services of Chilean playmaker Arturo Vidal, according to a source close to the club, former Italian football administrator Luciano Moggi.
Sport Witness reports how the controversial figure was interviewed last night following the surprise resignation of Antonio Conte in Turin, and the 77-year-old dropped a massive hint that the actual figure the Premier League giants have offered is far in excess of what is being widely reported.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is determined to get his business done early after beginning managerial duties at Old Trafford after the completion of the World Cup.
The club have already completed deals for Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, but the Dutchman is eager to add the South American midfielder as well, to his Manchester United ranks before the start of the new season.
Moggi on Conte
Speaking about Conte's departure from the Serie 'A' champions, Moggi explained in an interview with TuttoJuve that Vidal's impending exit could have played an integral role in the breakdown of relationship between manager and club officials.
"Could be [all about Vidal], but with an offer worth €50m you have to accept and then find replacements," he said. "A club has to look at the balance sheet.
"These days we see bankrupt clubs all the time and budgets must go hand in hand with sporting needs."
Former AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has been announced as Conte's replacement at the Juventus Stadium on a two-year deal, with the recently departed Italian now heavily linked with the national team job following Cesare Prandelli's resignation after the World Cup earlier this summer.
The 44-year-old spent 13 years at Juventus as a player and delivered an unprecedented three consecutive domestic titles since his appointment as head coach in 2011. His shock exit looks like it came out of a matter of principle, after senior club chiefs went over his head and allegedly sanctioned the prospective sale of Vidal.
The 27-year-old's future is still shrouded in doubt, though, with a series of conflicting reports regarding the eventual outcome of transfer talks over the past few days.
Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has most recently claimed that the player is not for sale and is happy to remain in Italy for the foreseeable future. If that is the case then it raises further questions as to the reason why Conte's spell in charge came to an abrupt end.