Manchester United will make yet another bid for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal. The Red Devils are poised to offer the Serie A giants a club-record €60 million (£48 million) and double the 27-year-old's wages.
If the transfer goes through, Vidal will earn £6 million per annum at Old Trafford, putting him among the Red Devils' highest earners.
This report comes courtesy of Italian publication Gazetta Dello Sport - and brought to our attention by the Mirror - who claim that Vidal's agent, Fernando Felicevich, will speak to Juventus later this week.
United's contract offer
United plan to offer Vidal a four-year deal, which will see him contracted to Old Trafford until the end of the 2017/18 campaign.
Although the Chile international appeared to quash speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League giants last week, it's believed that a lucrative deal could tempt him away from Juventus.
The Turin-based outfit would need to match United's offer in order to keep the world-class central midfielder at the Juventus Stadium.
It's unclear whether the shock departure of Juventus head coach Antonio Conte earlier this month has had any impact on Vidal's mindset
Conte was hugely respected by the players and staff at Juventus, having guided the club to three consecutive league titles, but has been replaced by the much-maligned former AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri.
Many Juventus supporters are upset by the appointment - and it's possible that Vidal, along with some of his teammates, may not be enthralled by the decision either.
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Time running out for Vidal?
Speculation is rife that Manchester United are weighing up a big-money bid for AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, who Louis van Gaal knows well from his time managing the Netherlands national team.
Stootman would be an alternative to Vidal, rather than a potential future teammate, with United in need of just one more central midfielder following the £29 million acquisition of Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao.
Van Gaal is a keen admirer of Vidal and would love to add him to his ranks - but the veteran Dutchman's patience will begin to wear thin if this toing and froing continues, particularly with the clock ticking down to the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
Liverpool are also reportedly keen to sign Vidal - and have the money to spend after cashing in on Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona for £75 million earlier this summer.
The Reds will be even more determined to land a marquee signing after striker Loic Remy failed a medical, while Real Madrid star Karim Benzema recently rejected a move to Anfield.
Liverpool, unlike Manchester United, have the advantage of being able to offer Vidal Champions League football next season.