Manchester United have been told that they will have to cough up €50 million if they want to land Arturo Vidal this summer, according to reports in Italy.
The Red Devils' pursuit of the Chilean has dragged on over the past month or so since the end of the World Cup, and the saga seems no closer to ending with Deadline Day looming large.
So far new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has failed to add a single new player to his squad since he officially took over at Old Trafford, and it looks as though he's hit a brick wall in his pursuit of Vidal once more.
Tuttosport say that Manchester United have been told that they must offer at least €50 million for there to be any chance of the deal being done. Red Devils chief Ed Woodward has previously insisted that he would be comfortable breaking the transfer record this summer and they would have to break their own record to get Vidal.
The paper adds that as yet a concrete offer hasn't been put to Juventus by Manchester United yet, which shows how much work will be required to get the deal over the line before the close of the transfer window.
The 27-year-old midfielder caused quite a stir while on Juventus' pre-season tour to Australia yesterday by signing a Manchester United shirt handed to him by a fan. Despite the speculation, Juventus remain adamant that their star midfielder won't be sold before the window snaps shut, however Tuttosport report that his agent Fernando Felicevich - who was also involved in Alexis Sanchez' move to Arsenal - has been working on the deal for months and won't give up so easily.
Indeed Tuttosport claim that Felicevich was in London yesterday for Arsenal's Community Shield win, and could well have held talks with representatives from Manchester United.
Vidal is believed to be one of Manchester United's top targets this summer but the still have plenty of work to do elsewhere, with signing defenders their priority before the September 2 deadline.
Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra have all left the club, leaving Van Gaal short of options as he prepares to deploy a three-man defence for the new season.
So far they have missed out on deals for Stefan de Vrij and Thomas Vermaelen, while a move for Mats Hummels appear to be a non-starter after he was named Borussia Dortmund captain.
Reports suggest a move Daley Blind is on the cards, however he's been linked with a move to Barcelona.
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