Liverpool appear to have ended their interest in Juventus superstar Arturo Vidal, reports suggest.
According to The Daily Star, the Chilean midfielder - along with club teammate Paul Pogba and Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus - had been of interest to Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, but now it appears that the Northern Irishman has decided to shelve such an ambitious pursuit in order to look elsewhere for further summer reinforcements.
Manchester United boost
Liverpool's apparent loss of interest in chasing Vidal would appear to represent somewhat of a boost to Manchester United, one of the club's fiercest Premier League rivals.
Although new manager Louis van Gaal has stressed the need to take the necessary time to evaluate all members of his current squad before re-entering the transfer market, Manchester United have been persistently linked with a move for Vidal for several months now.
The Red Devils have already moved to strengthen their midfield in recent weeks, of course, although the signing of Spaniard Ander Herrera - who arrived at Old Trafford from La Liga outfit Athletic Bilbao last month - is not likely to be enough to appease those supporters who rightly believe that the club needs to bolster that particular area further before the 2014/15 campaign gets underway.
A strong, fast and dynamic player, Vidal - who has helped Juventus to three consecutive Serie A titles - would certainly appear to fit the bill nicely at Manchester United, although it remains to be seen if they can capitalise on Liverpool's removal from proceedings.
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Liverpool to look elsewhere?
The news that Liverpool have ceased tracking these targets may come as somewhat of a surprise to those who have been following the seemingly endless stream of speculation concerning Vidal's future.
Reports that surfaced only yesterday suggested that Rodgers was poised to launch a bid of around £42.5 million to entice Juventus into parting with the 27-year-old, although it looks as though that may not be the case after all.
Despite no longer seeming intent to chase unlikely deals for Vidal, Pogba and Reus, Liverpool have been notably active in the transfer market in recent weeks.
As well as completing deals for Southampton duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, Serbian international Lazar Markovic and Emre Can, Rodgers is believed to be close to securing a triple swoop for France striker Loic Remy, Lille starlet Divock Origi and another Saints favourite in centre-back Dejan Lovren.