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Juventus rejected bids for Paul Pogba & Arturo Vidal

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Juventus receive official transfer offers for Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal this summer, Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta has revealed.

Manchester United were widely linked with a move for Vidal over the summer with reports suggesting that the Chilean had agreed personal terms and even completed a medical. However, no deal was struck between Manchester United and Juventus officials with the Serie A champions holding out for £40 million.

Similarly, Manchester United have also been linked with a sensational move for former academy member Paul Pogba. Louis van Gaal seemed intent on bringing the midfielder to the club next summer and was ready to pay upwards of £60 million to seal his signature.

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Official offer

While Manchester United's interest in either of the players was never confirmed, Juventus did in fact receive official offers for both of them. Marotta described the clubs involved as "top European clubs" but insisted Juventus were never tempted to sell.

"Yes, absolutely, some offers arrived from abroad, from top European clubs," he told Processo del Lunedi. "But we decided not to indulge them.

"We were in a position not to accept and we did with great awareness of the fact that we are talking about two very important components of our squad."

Likely candidates

Vidal appeared to be a top target for Manchester United and few other clubs were interested. It is, therefore, likely that the bid for Vidal was from Old Trafford.

For Pogba, the outlook is less clear. While Manchester United have been linked with a move next summer, they were not sufficiently interested this year.

Premier League interest

Chelsea were linked with a move for Pogba and Jose Mourinho considered an attempt to pull off what would have been an incredible swoop. The Blues were not in a position to sign Pogba, however, thanks to Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations.

Manchester City have also recently been linked with a move for Pogba and with the funding from billionaire Sheik Mansour, they would certainly have the funds.

Continental clubs

That means a bid was likely to have come from either Barcelona or Real Madrid with the latter being more likely. Los Blancos seem to have an affinity towards the player with Zinedine Zidane reportedly attempting to coax him to the Bernabeu on several occasions.

PSG would also have had the funds to sign Pogba, but their restrictions with FFP also held them back this summer. It is likely a big star, such as Edinson Cavani, would have to have left for Pogba to arrive.

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