Juventus have been so impressed with summer signing Roberto Pereyra's start to life in Turin that they are prepared to consider the 23-year-old as a long-term replacement for Arturo Vidal, according to Tuttusport.
Pereyra has started Juve's last two matches in central midfield and looked a perfect compliment to the likes of Paul Pogba and Claudio Marchisio, all while Juve talisman Arturo Vidal continues to recover from niggling injury problems.
Juve are expecting Manchester United to return with a bid for the Chilean World Cup star in January and if Pereyra continues to shine will at least consider talking terms on a deal, but only if the Red Devils are willing to pay between €45-€50 million for his signature.
The primary reason Juve have been so stubborn with their stance on Vidal is a desire to improve in the Champions League this season.
Juve have won three Serie A titles on the spin but failed to make the kind of progress in Europe their squad probably merits, with last season's dramatic group-stage exit a sore spot to say the very least.
The Old Lady have a new coach in Massimiliano Allegri, a man charged with continuing the amazing work of Antonio Conte, but if Juve fail to qualify for the last 16 at the very least but his and Vidal's position at the club will be unsurprisingly called into question.
Are Man United still serious about Vidal
Man United's mad late transfer dash to sign the likes of Daley Blind, Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria masked what was a frustrating pursuit for Vidal, with the Red Devils unable to persuade Juve that the time was right to cash in a tremendous talent at the very peak of his powers.
Louis van Gaal still wants additional options in midfield and had initially turned his attention away from Vidal to Roma playmaker Kevin Strootman, but that deal quite ridiculously would be even more expensive for the Premier League giants.
As a result Vidal is back on United's transfer shortlist, with the hope that Pereyra will continue to shine and bring Juve round to the idea that they can cope without a man who at 27 and with a patchy injury record will never command a higher transfer fee.