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Juventus still face huge battle to keep Arturo Vidal & Paul Pogba

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Juventus will face a huge challenge to win a fourth consecutive Serie A title if they lose Paul Pogba to Chelsea and Arturo Vidal to Manchester United this summer.

The Italian giants, who have already lost inspirational mastermind Antonio Conte, have strengthened with the acquisitions of Alvaro Morata and Patrice Evra but cannot afford to lose two of the planet’s best midfielders in a single transfer window.

With the transfer window slamming shut in just over three weeks’ time, Massimiliano Allegri would be unlikely to sanction the sale of either superstar given the lack of time for him to draft in a suitable replacement.

See also:
-Antonio Conte leaves Juventus
-Patrice Evra signs for Juventus
-Juventus sign Morata from Real Madrid

Vidal to United

The saga surrounding Vidal and Louis Van Gaal’s United has engulfed the summer, with the Chilean still widely expected to seal a move which could see Javier Hernandez head to Turin in return.

Van Gaal was reluctant to allow Patrice Evra's exit to the Turin outfit last month, but was said to sanction the deal to allow further negotiations between the two to progress more smoothly.

Juventus have insisted that the bulldozing midfielder is not for sale at any price, but selling such a star asset may yield a financial reward too difficult to turn down.

Reports have stated that Van Gaal will need to bid in the region of £50million to secure his services, but if Hernandez joins Evra then a player-plus-cash deal is the likeliest option.

Pogba to Chelsea

Jose Mourinho still intends to bring one more midfielder to Stamford Bridge this summer despite already having signed Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic and Marco Van Ginkel during his second spell at the club.

Pogba is the chief target due to his rising reputation that compounded with him winning the award for best young player at the World Cup last month.

The former United player, who left the Red Devils in 2012 having been afforded little game time under Sir Alex Ferguson, stands as one of the world’s most coveted assets with Real Madrid also keen on the Frenchman’s services.

The 21-year-old was also a target for David Moyes during the Scot’s brief reign as Ferguson’s successor, but it is thought that Van Gaal does not share the same desire to return him to Manchester.

Weaker Juventus?

If both Vidal and Pogba leave Turin this transfer window it could leave Allegri a difficult problem ahead of the new Serie A season.

Fierce rivals Napoli and Roma have strengthened with shrewd, calculated movements in the transfer window and could take advantage by lifting the crown next May.

The club may hold hope that both Vidal and Pogba opt to stay with the club, but if the big boys of the Premier League come calling they could be powerless to stand in their way.

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