Manchester United are ready to explore an incentivised pay-as-you-play deal for Arturo Vidal in an effort to finally get the Juventus man to Old Trafford in a dream £30m move.
Vidal has been linked with United all summer long despite a strong stance from Juve that the Chilean midfield maestro remains integral to their long-term plans, setting a high asking price that if met will reluctantly force the Bianconeri to change tact.
Senior United officials have become increasingly concerned about Vidal's long-term knee problem though, which the Mirror believes will lead to the Red Devils attempting to make an agreement with Juve work in their favour by shelling out based on his record of future appearances at Old Trafford.
Extensive negotiations continue
The Mirror believe United have stubbornly refused to pay Juve's lofty £30m asking price up front because Vidal has struggled for full fitness over the last 12 months, with the 27-year-old failing to complete a full match for either club or country since March.
Vidal only just made the World Cup after a rapid recovery from a troublesome knee injury and doubts linger among top United officials that he's over that setback and ready to produce his best this season, which has created a stand-off between the Red Devils and Juve that's held up the deal for weeks.
Examples in United's recent past
United have refused to admit defeat in this transfer chase despite completing a club-record £59.7m move for Angel di Maria early this week, and also want Vidal to sign up to a deal which puts huge rewards in place for performance and protects the club against shelling out for a sicknote.
Owen Hargreaves is a prominent example of a player in United's very recent past that earned vast sums while regularly sitting on the sidelines.
Off the back of that terrible luck on the injury front the Red Devils structured Michael Owen's contract to make sure he was paid far more for time on the pitch thanks to pre-agreed parameters.
United now want the same for Vidal but are fast running out of time to partner Di Maria with one of the world's most impressive box-to-box midfielders, particularly now Juve have lost Andrea Pirlo for the first month of the season through injury.