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Arturo Vidal has not been subject of formal Manchester United enquiry

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Manchester United's much-discussed pursuit of Arturo Vidal has become a source of frustration for Red Devils fans desperate to see the Chilean star confirmed as a Premier League player before the transfer window slams shut, but Juventus haven't received a single official correspondence about the midfield maestro this summer.

That is according to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, who believe Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has not been contacted over a potential €48m switch, less than 24 hours before the club's internal deadline to get Vidal's future sorted once and for all.

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Marotta planning contingency

Juve may not have heard from United directly over a blockbuster Vidal bid, but they are determined not to get caught shot by any last-minute offer that is too good to turn down.

Marotta has identified Inter Milan's box-to-box midfielder Fredy Guarin as adequate and attainable cover should Vidal end leaving, although Corriere are adamant United's attempts to snare Vidal have been limited to talks with his agent for the time being.

Guarin is a long-term Juve target and very nearly moved to Turin in January, before a swap deal involving Mirko Vucinic fell apart due to fierce protests from Inter fans.

Inter are in a much stronger position that six months ago though and are under no obligation to part with a key player though, yet another complication to a Vidal deal which has been littered with claim and counter-claim from the outset.

Where do United stand?

United are running out of time fast to persuade Juve they are serious about paying a premium for one of the world's top box-to-box midfielders, with the carrot of a player-plus-cash offer surely enough to get the Bianconeri to change their minds.

Javier Hernandez and Nani have been consistently mentioned as potential makeweights in negotiations, both players who have struggled to make their mark at Old Trafford in the last 18 months.

Juve are realistic about Vidal's potential re-sale value and will find a concrete offer for the 27-year-old difficult to turn down, but at this stage United are yet to match their interest with a genuine bid the Old Lady can take seriously.

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